Sam Saunders shoots 59 on Tour

Sam Saunders shot a 12-under 59 Thursday during the first round of the Tour Championship at Atlantic Beach Country Club.

Saunders, a grandson of deceased golf legend Arnold Palmer, birdied 13 holes — including six consecutive on the front nine — to complete his round.

“It was fun. You know, it was a good time out there and it was a real special day. Certainly memorable. I played with my buddy Steve Wheatcroft and we kind of fed off each other,” Saunders said. “Honestly, it just felt like a regular day at home playing our little money game and I got into a good rhythm. It was a blast.”

Trying to earn his PGA Tour card, Saunders jumped out to a three-shot lead after the opening round.


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