Tour Report: Snedeker just misses 59

WGC-record 60

Brandt Snedeker talks about his near miss at a 59 in the third round of the HSBC Champions.

Brandt Snedeker nearly did it. He nearly carded a 59.

Snedeker narrowly missed a 20-foot putt for the magic number on the 18th hole on Saturday at the WGC-HSBC Champions in China. He settled for a par and a third-round, 12-under 60 to move into contention at 13 under for the tournament.

Snedeker, the 2012 FedExCup champion, made 10 birdies and an eagle on his round. And considering he’s the No. 1 putter on the PGA TOUR, he seemed primed to make the putt for a 59 — something that has never been done on the European Tour. After hitting it onto the green from a fairway bunker, Snedeker couldn’t convert, just missing on the low side of the hole. Still, Snedeker’s round of 60 is the lowest round in WGC history.

View Snedeker’s scorecard.