Is the PGA Tour getting too easy?
On Saturday at the CareerBuilder Challenge, Canadian Adam Hadwin fired the second 59 in as many weeks on the PGA Tour. The round shot Hadwin up the leaderboard into the lead after 54 holes, thanks to 13 birdies against no bogeys on the par-72 layout.
Adam Hadwin became the latest PGA TOUR player to break 60, shooting 59 just nine days after Justin Thomas did it at the Sony Open. Now Hadwin will try to repeat Thomas’ feat of following that low round with a victory.
Hadwin’s 13-under 59 on Saturday at La Quinta Country Club gave him the 54-hole lead at the CareerBuilder Challenge. The 29-year-old from Moose Jaw, Canada, is seeking his first PGA TOUR victory. He sits 48th in the FedExCup. “I think (the 59) makes tomorrow harder,” Hadwin said. “They say one of the hardest things in golf is to follow up a low round. I can’t go much lower. I think that I have to find a way to get rid of it. I’m not going to make 13 birdies again tomorrow. I mean, I could, but the chances are pretty slim.”
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Hadwin made six consecutive birdies on Nos. 2-7, including an unlikely hole-out from off the fourth green. With one foot in a bunker, he choked up to the shaft of his hybrid club and bumped that shot into the hole from about 20 feet. He made the turn in 7-under 29 after birdieing the ninth hole, then made five consecutive birdies at Nos. 11-15. A birdie at No. 17 necessitated just a par at the final hole for a 59.
After flying the green with his approach shot to No. 18, he chipped to 3 feet and made the par putt.
“It’s the exact same things that I’ll be feeling on the first tee tomorrow,” he said.
There have now been nine sub-60 rounds in PGA TOUR history, including Jim Furyk’s 58 at last year’s Travelers Championship
Hadwin’s 13 birdies Saturday tied Chip Beck’s record for most birdies in a round. Beck set the record when he shot the second 59 in TOUR history, at the 1991 Las Vegas Classic.
The round shot Hadwin up 48 spots on the leaderboard, one ahead of Dominic Bozelli and two ahead of Hudson Swafford.