Adam Hadwin became only the eighth player in PGA Tour history to shoot 59 and the ninth to shoot sub-60 and, in doing so, tied a record for most birdies in a round with 13 at the La Quinta Country Club.
He nearly had a 58, which would have been the first 14 under score in tour history, but missed the green on the par four 18th hole and chipped to within three feet before getting his par.
Hadwin’s 59 comes just a week after Justin Thomas had an 11-under 59 in the first round of the Sony Open in Hawaii. Jim Furyk also shot a 12-under 58 at last year’s Travelers Championship.
In recording his 59, Hadwin hit 12 of 14 fairways, 15 of 18 greens and needed just 21 putts.
While he is the first Canadian to shoot sub-60 on tour Hadwin is the third Canadian in recent months. In November, Danny King of the Performance Academy at Magna shot a 58 in the first round of the Gosling’s Invitational in Bermuda and Calgary’s James Love shot a 59 in the first round of the first stage of Web .com Tour Q-school in St. George, Utah.