Brandt Snedeker Brilliant in Opening 59 – More in First Round Notes

First-Round Leaderboard

Brandt Snedeker                    59 (-11)
Ryan Moore                             63 (-7)
John Oda                                   63 (-7)

Six Things To Know

  • 2007 Wyndham Championship winner Brandt Snedeker records the 10th sub-60 score on the PGA TOUR
  • Snedeker becomes the first player in history to break 60 after being over par at any point during his round
  • 2011 winner Webb Simpson opens with 66, his 22nd score of 67 or better at the event
  • In relation to par, Ryan Moore’s 7-under 63 is his lowest score since round two of the 2016 CIMB Classic (7-under 65)
  • Lead of four strokes is the largest on the PGA TOUR after a first round since Charley Hoffman led by four at the 2017 Masters (T22)
  • Henrik Stenson opens with 68 in his bid to join Sam Snead (1949-50, 1955-56) as the only player to successfully defend his title

First-Round Lead Notes

2 – First-round leaders/co-leaders to win since the event moved to Sedgefield Country Club in 2008 (Arjun Atwal/2010, Camilo Villegas/2014)

2 – Times a first-round lead has been by more than one stroke since moving to Sedgefield Country Club in 2008 (Bill Haas/2009/two strokes, Arjun Atwal/2010/two strokes)

8 – First-round leaders/co-leaders to win on PGA TOUR in 2017-18 (most recent: Troy Merritt/Barbasol Championship)

Brandt Snedeker (-11/1st)

  • 2012 FedExCup champion followed a bogey at his first hole of the day, No. 10, with four straight birdies on Nos. 13-16, three straight birdies on Nos 1-3 and a hole-out for an eagle-two at No. 6 (184 yards) en route to an 11-under 59. Additional birdies came at Nos. 5, 7, and 9
  • Becomes the first player in PGA TOUR history to break 60 after being over par at any point in the round
  • Becomes the ninth player (Jim Furyk twice) on the PGA TOUR to post a score of sub-60 (See chart below)
  • Lowest first-round score at the Wyndham Championship was 61 (Arjun Atwal/2010/Won, Matt Every/2017/13th)
  • Lowest 18-hole score at the Wyndham Championship was 60 (Si Woo Kim/R2/2016/Won)
  • Before this week, the lowest score on the PGA TOUR this season was 61 (five occasions)
  • Snedeker’s previous-low score on the PGA TOUR was 61. Most recent of three occasions was in round two of the 2015 Wyndham Championship (finished T43)
  • Posted an 8-under 27 on his inward nine (Nos. 1-9), setting the record for lowest 9-hole score of the season (previously 28/Gary Woodland/Round two/Sony Open in Hawaii/back nine)
  • Front-nine score of 27 falls one stroke shy of the all-time record for low 9-hole score (Corey Pavin/R1/2006 U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee/Brown Deer Park GC/front nine/par-34
  • 9/14 fairways, 15/18 greens in regulation, 2/3 scrambling, 22 putts (1-putts on 12 holes)
  • The 2007 Wyndham Championship (Forest Oaks) was his first of eight PGA TOUR wins
  • Has finished inside the top-5 in two of his last three starts in the Wyndham Championship; T5/2014, T3/2016. Did not compete in the 2017 Wyndham Championship
  • Has collected three top-10 finishes in 22 starts on the PGA TOUR this season, including two in his last four starts; T3/A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier, T8/RBC Canadian Open
  • First-round scoring average of 71.14 (T135) coming into the week marks his highest of any round on TOUR this season
  • Has held at least a share of an 18-hole lead on four previous occasions on the PGA TOUR, but has never converted for the win. Most recently, finished T2 at the 2016 Sony Open in Hawaii after holding a share of the first-round lead
  • In search of his first win since the 2016 Farmers Insurance Open

Ryan Moore (-7/T2)

  • 2009 Wyndham Championship winner posts his lowest score on the PGA TOUR in relation to par since round two of the 2016 CIMB Classic (7-under 65). Finished T17
  • Making his 11th start in the event, having collected three top-10 finishes; 1st/2009, T6/2006, T10/2015
  • On the strength of four top-10 finishes, comes into the week ranked 59th in the FedExCup standings
  • Five-time PGA TOUR winner is in search of his first win since the 2016 John Deere Classic

John Oda (-7/T2)

  • Made seven birdies, including three in a row at Nos. 13-15, to post a bogey-free 63 in his 10th start on the PGA TOUR (seventh as a professional)
  • By virtue of his top-10 finish at the Barracuda Championship (T3), earned a spot into the Wyndham Championship field
  • Monday qualified to earn his spot into the field at the Barracuda Championship
  • With 193 non-member FedExCup points, needs to finish solo-third or better this week to have a chance to earn his PGA TOUR card for the 2018-19 season.
  • First of two top-10 finishes this season came at the Mayakoba Golf Classic (10th)
  • Has two top-10 finishes this season on the Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada
  • Turned professional in 2017 prior to his senior season at UNLV

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