Brandt Snedeker drops hole-in-one at British Open — one day early

Wednesday, July 18, 2012 at 7:07pm
Staff reports

If only Brandt Snedeker could have pulled this off one day later.

The Nashville native and Vanderbilt grad excited the small gallery during his practice round on Wednesday for the British Open with a hole-in-one.

After hitting his first shot into the fairway, the 31-year-old Snedeker decided to take another shot from the tee. This time he used a driver to sink the ace on the 336-yard, par-4 16th hole at Royal Lytham & St. Annes in England.

“There were not many people out there, about six people,” Snedeker told the Associated Press. “By the time I got to my first ball to hit my wedge from the fairway, they were clapping by the green. I said, ‘What are you clapping for?’ They said, ‘You made a hole-in-one.’ I couldn't believe it.”

Snedeker has never made the cut at the British Open, which begins Thursday. His highest finish at a major was when he tied for third at the Masters in 2008. He tied for 19th at Augusta earlier this year and did not play in last month’s U.S. Open because of a rib injury.

The Montgomery Bell Academy grad has three career PGA Tour wins. His last victory came in January at the Farmers Insurance Open in La Jolla, Calif.

Snedeker tees off at 9:27 a.m. (CDT) and is paired with Alexander Noren of Sweden and Australian Marc Leishman.