"I'll have to get the emotions in check this afternoon, get back to reality". Jim Furyk, the United States captain in Paris next month, remains out on his own with a 58 in the Travelers Championship in 2016.
Scores are routinely low at the Donald Ross-designed course, with 2017 victor Henrik Stenson setting a tournament record with a 22-under 258 a year after Si Woo Kim tied the previous mark with a 259, so the chance is there for players to move up the standings. He then strung together two different birdie streaks, one of four in a row on the front nine and then three more in a row to start the back.
"To step up there and have a 20-footer and know what it means; I'm very aware of what was going on", Snedeker said. Four did it previous year, after two pulled it off in 2016.
"It's going to turn into a birdie-fest like it always does, because the course is in great shape", 2007 victor Brandt Snedeker said Wednesday.
Snedeker's approach from 176 yards flew straight into the cup with such force that it damaged the hole and forced tournament officials to cut a new hole a foot away, but it had no effect on the world number 88's concentration.
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The 59 broke the course and tournament record of 60 set in 2016 by South Korea's Kim Si-woo.
Also, the model says five additional golfers with odds of 25-1 or longer will make a deep run at the Wyndham Championship title.
It's the tenth time that a sub-60 score has been posted (Jim Furyk has done it twice) and the first since Canada's Adam Hadwin manufactured a 59 in the third round of the 2017 CareerBuilder Challenge. That was the second 59 in January 2017 as Justin Thomas did it at the Sony Open that year, too.
Snedeker went out in 32 and came home in 27 for a 59 that included a bogey. A field of 68 players, inclusive of eight local sponsor exemptions, will compete for a purse of US$2.5 million.
"The hardest thing to do in golf is follow up a great round", Snedeker said. "I've had to learn a lot this year but I feel like I've been handling it alright".