Shooting 59 in Golf

Congratulations to Brandt Snedeker for shooting a 59 yesterday at the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, NC. He is the ninth player in history to shoot a sub-sixty round and frankly I am surprised. I have always thought Brandt had a solid game and he is definitely a streaky player, however I did not think he had a 59 in his game. I guess, I was proven wrong again.

It is hard to believe, but Snedeker started his round with a bogey. In the next 17 holes, he shot a smooth 12 under par. Shoot a 27 (8 under par) on his back nine (front nine for the course) demonstrated that any player at anytime can shoot a low golf score on the PGA Tour.

Snedeker is having a mediocre year. With only 3 top 10s, missing the cut 35% of the time, and sitting 80 place in the FEDEX standings, Snedeker would not be the odds on favorite to shot a sub 60 round. I guess basing a choice just on stats is not as effective as on might think. There is that unknown; the lucky guess; the special something; gut feel, more important when picking a winner or someone to shoot 59.

I know some golf purists will suggest that his was not a real 59 because the par for the course was only 70. I think that that assessment is harsh and a 59 is a true 59 regardless of the par of the course. Anyone who can shoot a minus 8 in one dine deserves all the accolades we can muster. Congratulations Brandt Snedeker on an awesome score and making history! I bet you are a grateful golfer today!

What are your thoughts on Brandt’s historic score?

I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!

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8 thoughts on “Shooting 59 in Golf

  1. I think a 59 is a 59, simple as that. Brandt has always been one of the good guys on tour, since he could never win a major this is something he can keep with him forever. No matter the par on the course, he bogeyed the first and still shot 59…incredible.
    Sebastien

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  2. I think it is great. I went to college with Brandt’s Mom so have always followed his career. Fantastic accomplishment! Also, some of these par 70 courses are really par 72 for members.

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    • David,

      Thanks for jumping in. It is great to hear personal stories. You point about the course being a 72 for members is valid and indicates that the PGA does try to set the course up to challenge the pros, but not Brandt apparently!

      Cheers Jim

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  3. Yes, I agree with you and Kevin, that’s a bit harsh. Funny line Jim, crabs in the bucket! I’ll be using that. And, as Brandt is a fellow Nashvillian I have always rooted for him, he’s as humble as they get.

    Go Sneds!

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