Brandt Snedeker had a pretty solid day as he approached his last hole at Hamilton Golf and Country Club. He held the lead by two strokes and was 9 under in Friday’s second round, but he wasn’t done yet.
With a birdie on the 9th hole — his eighth birdie of the day — Snedeker finished the second round at the RBC Canadian Open with a 60, becoming the first player since 1983 to record at least one round of 59, 60 and 61 on the PGA Tour.
“I think it’s my putting. When I get hot, I feel like the hole is a beach ball to me,” said Snedeker, who played alongside Justin Thomas (65 to get to 5 under) and Brooks Koepka (66, 4 under). “I’m not scared about going low. I realize these days don’t happen very often. So it almost gets me more excited if I feel like it’s going that way.”
In 2018, Snedeker shot an opening-round 59 at the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, North Carolina, where he went on to win by three strokes. Snedeker shot a 61 in the second round of the 2015 Wyndham Championship.
Snedeker, coming off an opening-round 69, finished Friday with a three-stroke lead at 11 under after jumping 58 spots to sit atop the leaderboard after the morning wave. Starting from the 10th tee, he began the day with four birdies in his first eight holes. After recording an eagle on No. 4, he followed with back-to-back birdies on Nos. 5 and 6.
His 60 on Friday set the record for lowest 18-hole score in RBC Canadian Open history at Hamilton Golf & Country Club, which has hosted the tournament for six years.
Snedeker, 38, sits 43rd in the FedEx Cup rankings entering the RBC Canadian Open. He has missed the cut at two events this season, the Masters and AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. His best finish this season is T-2 at the Safeway Open in October.
Snedeker’s last win was at the Wyndham Championship last August, where he finished 21-under 259.