Brady Schnell shoots first 59 in PGA Tour Canada history, with eagle on final hole

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Brady Schnell is the first player to shoot 59 on the PGA Tour Canada but, incredibly, not the first to break 60.
By John Holmes
PGA.com

Series: Golf Buzz

You often hear the announcers on golf TV broadcasts say "it's a great day for scoring" when the weather is nice.

I don't know if there was anything special going on meteorologically across North America on Friday but, man, it was a great day for scoring.

First, Sergio Garcia carded a 61, including a back-nine 27, at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio.

A few hours later, Fabian Gomez carded a 60 at the Web.com Tour's Stonebrae Classic in Hayward, Calif. – and he barely missed a final-hole putt for a 59.

And a little while after that, former University of Nebraska player Brady Schnell shot a 13-under 59 in the ATB Financial Classic on the PGA Tour Canada. And check this out – Schnell knocked in a 122-yard wedge shot for an eagle on his final hole to reach the magic number at the par-72 Sirocco Golf Club in Calgary, Alberta.

He became the second player to PGA Tour Canada history to break 60, but only the first to shoot 59. Remarkably, Jason Bohn carded a 58 on a par-71 course in the 2001 Bayer Championship. 

"I guess you're always trying to hole it, but you don't expect it to happen for a 59," Schnell said after his record round. "I was just trying to make another birdie and get in and shoot 60 and just move up the leaderboard. I can't believe how it happened. That was just crazy. 

"I hit a hard 52 [-degree wedge]. I felt a little jacked up and it looked like it took a little skip forward and from back in the fairway it looked like it spun back a foot or two. I couldn't believe it when it dropped." 

He knew immediately that he had shot 59. 

"I knew where I was at," said Schnell, who had the eagle and 11 birdies. "I just kind of kept track and figured it out. I was standing in six fairway and said, `You can make four birdies over the next four holes.' I lipped out on six for birdie and then I just made birdie-birdie-eagle." 

Schnell, who opened with a a 1-under 71, is tied for third, two strokes behind leader Brock Mackenzie.

If you're curious, here's a list of the sub-60 scores on the major tours:

58:
Ryo Ishikawa (-12), 2010 Japan Golf Tour, The Crowns in Aichi, Japan
Jason Bohn (-13), 2001 PGA Tour Canada, Bayer Championship in Sarnia, Ontario

59:
Al Geiberger (-13), 1977 PGA Tour, Danny Thomas Memphis Classic in Memphis Tenn.
Chip Beck (-13), 1991 PGA Tour, Las Vegas Invitational in Las Vegas, Nev.
David Duval (-13), 1999 PGA Tour, Bob Hope Chrysler Classic in Palm Springs, Calif.
Paul Goydos (-12), 2010 PGA Tour, John Deere Classic in Silvis, Ill.
Stuart Appleby (-11), 2010 PGA Tour, Greenbrier Classic in White Sulphus Springs, W.Va.

Annika Sorenstam (-13), 2001 LPGA Tour, Standard Register Ping in Phoenix, Ariz.

Notah Begay III (-13), 1998 Nike Tour, Dominion Open in Richmond, Va.
Doug Dunakey (-11), 1998 Nike Tour, Miami Valley Open in Springboro, Ohio
Jason Gore (-12), 2005 Nike Tour, Cox Classic in Omaha, Neb.
Will Wilcox (-12), 2013 Web.com Tour, Utah Championship in Sandy, Utah

Masahiro Kuramoto (-12), 2003 Japan Golf Tour, Acom International in Ibaraki, Japan  
Adrien Mork (-12), 2006 European Challenge Tour, Tikita Hotels Agadir Moroccan Classic in Agadir, Morocco

The Associated Press contributed to this report.