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Brandt Snedeker shoots a 59 in the opening round of the Wyndham Championship

The Wyndham Championship begins today at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Snedeker flirted with the illustrious 59 mark with a red-hot front nine and a scorching-hot back. Harvick has partnered with the folks at the Sedgefield Country Club for almost 10 years. but he admits his golf game takes more than a backseat to his full-time job.

But none look close to challenging Snedeker at the top of the leaderboard at the end of day one after the world number 88 played his closing nine holes in eight under par.

He ran off three birdies in a row after making the turn, all from within 5 1/2 feet, and sandwiched two more short birdie putts at the par-5 fifth and par-3 seventh around his greatest shot of them all: a hole out from 176 yards out in the fairway for eagle at the sixth.

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"Frustrating", Snedeker said. "I set the standard pretty high for myself because I know what I'm capable of and have done it before and I felt like I worked really hard at it, just haven't had the results that I wanted".

"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. The club, especially its course condition, was praised by PGA TOUR Champions players in 2017 event.

But at the par-4 eighth, Snedeker missed a six-foot birdie putt and tapped in for par.

"I said, 'You know what?" That was the second 59 in January 2017 as Justin Thomas did it at the Sony Open that year, too.

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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.

Behind Moore and Oda, seven players were tied on 64 and a group of nine on 65 included US Ryder Cup captain Jim Furyk.

"Ended up being a good thing looking back", said the eight-times PGA Tour victor.

The tournament was the location of his first PGA Tour win back in 2007 when he posted a final round 63 to best Billy Mayfair, Jeff Overton and Tim Petrovic by two strokes. "I've had to learn a lot this year but I feel like I've been handling it alright".

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