For the second time in as many weeks, the score of 59 graces a PGA Tour scorecard.
Adam Hadwin, the 29-year-old Canadian out of the University of Louisville, rolled to the lead at the CareerBuilder Challenge by shooting 13-under 59 at La Quinta (Calif.) Country Club.
Hadwin is the first player to break 60 on the PGA Tour without having won previously on the circuit. Only four players – David Duval, Chip Beck, Al Geiberger and Hadwin – have accomplished the feat on a par-72 course.
The 13 birdies in one round ties Beck for the PGA Tour record.
Adam Hadwin becomes the eighth player in PGA TOUR history to shoot a 59. pic.twitter.com/RUi7KukWMQ
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) January 21, 2017
Unlike Justin Thomas’ 59 just nine days ago at the Sony Open in Hawaii, Hadwin was bogey-free on a gorgeous day in the California desert. With the event using three courses and focusing most of its camera coverage on the Stadium Course at PGA West, the viewing public only saw the final three holes of Hadwin’s round. The 59 included a string of six consecutive birdies on the first nine and run of five in a row on the back.
“I got away with a few shots on the back and for whatever reason when I hit a good putt it went in,” Hadwin told Golf Channel after the round.
His previous best score on the PGA Tour was a Sunday 63 at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in October 2014. The 196th-ranked player in the world has eight top-10 finishes in 72 previous starts on the Tour.
He made a critical birdie on the par-4 17th, hitting a short iron shot in close before calmly rolling in the putt. On the final hole, he missed the green just to the right and then chipped up to 3 feet. Hadwin watched playing partner Colt Knost roll in a long putt and then deposited his short attempt into the bottom of the cup while a growing gallery cheered.
Other than Australian Stuart Appleby, Hadwin is the only non-American to break 60 on the PGA Tour.