Brandt Snedeker cashes in big
ATLANTA (AP) — Brandt Snedeker doesn’t claim to be the best player in the world, the best player on the PGA Tour or even the best overall player in the FedEx Cup playoffs. All he needed was the best round of his career at East Lake to become FedEx Cup champion, giving him the biggest paycheck in golf.
And he’s not about to apologize for that.
“Life is all about timing,” Snedeker said with a sneaky grin.
He proved to be the right man in the right place Sunday in the Tour Championship. On a tough day on a tree-lined course, Snedeker overcame an early double bogey in the water with four big birdies and closed with a 2-under 68, making him the only player in the final five groups to break par.
That gave him a three-shot win over Justin Rose and two trophies in one day — the Tour Championship and its $1.44 million prize, and the FedEx Cup with its $10 million. That’s more money than Snedeker had made in his career going into the 2012 season.
“You go out there and play that round of golf, with that kind of pressure on that tough of a golf course, and to go through the adversity I had to go through, hitting the ball in the water and making a double bogey early and fighting my way back … that’s what you work your whole life for,” he said. “This is about as close as I get to speechless.”
Snedeker was tied with Rose going into the last round, though he could not ignore the presence of Rory McIlroy, who was three shots behind, and Tiger Woods, who was four back. McIlroy (1), Woods (2) and Snedeker (5) were among the top five seeds in the FedEx Cup going into the final event, meaning any of them only had to win the Tour Championship to capture the FedEx Cup.
Never mind that McIlroy had won four times this year against the strongest fields, including a record eight-shot win in the PGA Championship and back-to-back wins in playoff events at Bethpage Black and the TPC Boston that make him the clear-cut No. 1 player in the world.
The FedEx Cup was designed to put everything up for grabs in the Tour Championship, with the better odds given to the higher seeds.