Published: Sat, August 18, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Snedeker fires 59 to seize Wyndham lead

Snedeker fires 59 to seize Wyndham lead

Ben Silverman, Corey Conners, Nick Taylor and David Hearn have one last chance to get inside the top 125 on the FedEx Cup standings at the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, N.C., the final event of the PGA Tour's 2017-18 regular season.

Needing an eagle on the par-five final hole to break 60, Duval followed a flawless drive with a stunning second to six feet and he calmly rolled in the putt to snatch a one-shot win over Steve Pate - the first of four victories for Duval in the year.

Snedeker recovered from a bogey on the 10th, his opening hole, to card 10 birdies and an eagle at Sedgefield Country Club and set the early clubhouse target on 11 under par.

Snedeker's best, or most memorable shot, of the round came at the par-4 sixth hole when he dunked his second shot for eagle.

"I got so excited, goosebumps. jumping around like I won the golf tournament and it's Thursday morning", Snedeker said. "So you know what you have to do when you step up on the first tee - put the ball in play and give yourself some opportunities".

"I was pretty upset [after the eighth] because I knew you're not going to have many good looks to shoot 59", Snedeker told PGA Tour Live. Jim Furyk is the only player to do so twice and has the lowest round in history with a 58. Snedeker missed a 3-foot birdie putt on No. 8.

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Adam Scott, the 2013 Masters champion, finished third Sunday at the PGA Championship to move from 119th to 70th in FedExCup points and withdrew from the Wyndham on Monday.

"Walking to the ninth tee I kept telling myself "I can not let this opportunity get out of my hands", he said, and he didn't".

"If you'd seen my play yesterday, nobody could see this coming, trust me", said Snedeker, who "found something" late on Wednesday that helped him synch-up his swing.

Just three weeks after Goydos became the fourth player to break 60, Appleby became the fifth as the Australian emulated Duval and carded a final-round 59 to clinch a one-shot win over Jeff Overton. You've got to embrace it.

"I better be smiling", Snedeker said.

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