Wyndham Championship: Brandt Snedeker grabs Round 1 lead with stunning 59

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American Brandt Snedeker (Getty Images)

Brandt Snedeker enjoyed a round for the ages Thursday at the Wyndham Championship, firing an 11-under 59 to take a four shot first-round lead.

Snedeker became just the ninth player in PGA Tour history to shoot a sub-60 round, and he did it by firing an 8-under 27 on the back nine. After starting his day with a bogey, Snedeker played his last 17 holes in 12-under par.

What’s more, Snedeker’s round broke the tournament and course record of 60, which was most recently shot by Si Woo Kim when he won at Sedgefield Country Club two years ago.

Ryan Moore and John Oda finished the day tied for second after opening rounds of 7-under 63. Moore joined Snedeker on 59-watch late in the afternoon with six birdies in his first 10 holes, but stalled coming in to finish four shots off the mark.

Ollie Schniederjans led a group tied for fourth at 6 under. 

Ryder Cup captain and long-time PGA Tour pro Aaron Baddeley led a group at 5 under. Baddeley is currently 137th on the FedEx Cup standings, which puts him in danger of losing his Tour card.

Ryder Cup hopeful Sergio Garcia and reigning Players Championship winner Webb Simpson both shot 4-under 66. Garcia is trying to secure a European Ryder Cup spot, while Simpson has already qualified for the U.S. team.

Defending champion Henrik Stenson shot a 2-under 68, joined by Rafa Cabrera Bello and Joaquin Niemann.