Thursday, 27 September 2012

Brandt Snedeker Snatches Tour Championship Victory and Claims the FedEx Cup

By Darren

Brandt Snedeker entered the Tour Championship on Thursday sitting in 5th place in the FedEx Cup standings.  He knew he had a chance to capture the $10 million bonus by winning the Tour Championship but he would have to defeat the top 29 golfers in the world to do so.  After all is said I don’t I think it’s safe to say that Snedeker was up to the task.  Not only did he win the Tour Championship but he did so without a major threat on Sunday, outlasting the biggest and best the PGA Tour has to offer. 

                After two days of play Snedeker sat five strokes behind the leader Jim Furyk, but during round three on Saturday is when Snedeker made his big move.  Furyk took the lead in his second round after firing a tournament low 64, a feat that Brandt Snedeker would match the following day.  With one round remaining Snedeker sat atop the leader board tied with Justin Rose, after the front nine Snedeker had a two stroke lead on his way to a three stroke victory.  Admittedly Snedeker did not look at a single leader board all day because he was worried about trying to do too much if he was trailing.  His efforts were more than enough to win, as he ranked second in driving accuracy, and third in putting average throughout the Tour Championship.  Entering the Tour Championship Snedeker was in fifth place in the FedEx Cup standings which meant a win would also give him a FedEx Cup victory and a $10 million bonus.  Rory McIlroy was the FedEx Cup leader entering the final week of the 4 tournament playoff, he was unable to mount any threat down the stretch though and finished tied for 10th.  It was still enough to land him second place in the FedEx Cup Playoffs and he was awarded a $3 million bonus.  Tiger Woods finished 8th at the Tour Championship and finished third in the FedEx standings, Watney and Mickleson rounded out the top 5. 

                But there is no rest as Snedeker and most of the participants from the Tour Championship head to Medina Country Club in Illinois for The Ryder Cup.  The FedEx cup champion did not qualify to be a part of the Ryder Cup but was selected as a Captain’s pick by USA Captain Davis Love III.  The Ryder Cup is perhaps the year’s most anticipated event as Team Europe looks to retain the Ryder Cup they won in 2012.  The play starts on Friday, September 28th, but most participants will be in attendance as early as Tuesday when practice rounds begin.