Brandt Snedeker shoots 59 in 2018 Wyndham Championship first round
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Brandt Snedeker shoots 59 in 2018 Wyndham Championship first round

Brandt Snedeker shot the 10th sub-60 round in PGA Tour history in the first round of the 2018 Wyndham Championship. And he pulled it off at the par-70 Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, N.C., by starting with a bogey.

Snedeker posted an 11-under round after starting on the 10th hole and dropping a shot out the gate with a bogey following a poor drive. From there, however, the Tennessean was untouchable, making 10 birdies and an eagle en route to the first-ever 59 posted at the Donald Ross design.

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Sneds only improved after pars at the next two holes before making four birdies on the final six holes of his first nine, turning in a solid-but-modest 32. The back nine was a thing of beauty, with Snedeker making three birdies after the turn to start trending toward a career-best round. Following a tap-in birdie from 2 feet at the par-5 fifth hole, Snedeker sent a jolt through the Greensboro crowd with a dunk eagle from 176 yards on the par-4 sixth hole. At that point, he reached 9 under on the round, and with three holes to go, a sub-60 round was on the table.

On the 226-yard par-3 seventh hole, Snedeker stuck his tee shot again to 2 feet and got to 10 under on the round. He needed a birdie in the final two holes to reach the magical 11-under figure he needed to become the 10th player to break the 60 barrier.

It seemed like things may not work out for Snedeker when he missed a 6-foot birdie putt on his 17th hole of the day, forcing him to put a 3 on the card on his final hole to accomplish this rare feat. And then, on the final hole, Snedeker made his longest putt (though it was from the fringe, so technically not a putt) of the back side: a 20-footer to secure 59.

After the putt dropped, Snedeker celebrated with fist pumps and bro-hugs as the gallery cheered.

With the round, Snedeker posted the 26th sub-60 round on a major professional golf tour.

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