Snedeker caps off another PGA Tour victory, captures FedEx Cup

Sunday, September 23, 2012 at 9:17pm
Staff reports

Brandt Snedeker never had won a PGA Tour tournament when he started the final round as the leader.

Sunday, the Nashville native kicked that nasty habit in a big way.

With a share of the lead in the Tour Championship, the former Vanderbilt standout shot a 2-under 68 to finish at 10-under and win the title by three strokes over Justin Rose.

Not only did Snedeker collect $1.44 million for winning the TOUR Championship, but he also received golf’s biggest paycheck — $10 million — for capturing the FedEx Cup at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta.

“You know, this is what you work your whole life for,” Snedeker, 31, said. “I look at all the putts I've hit and all the shots I’ve hit all through my life, it’s just unbelievable the ability to stay calm [Sunday]. It just came through. I was so calm last night, I couldn’t believe it.

"Just, I’m very rarely speechless, but this is about as close as I get to speechless.”

He entered the final leg of the six-year-old FedEx Cup playoffs in fifth place but catapulted past leader Rory McIlroy, who finished tied for 10th at East Lake. McIlroy settled for second in the chase for the FedEx Cup — 1,273 points behind Snedeker. Tiger Woods was third.

Snedeker, a former PGA Tour rookie of the year, made five birdies on Sunday — and 20 for the tournament — to cap off a breakout 2012 season. He entered the year with just two PGA wins in five years on the tour but doubled that number with two this season. He also finished in the top 10 seven times, including three times in the last four weeks, starting with the opening leg of the playoffs.

His amazing year isn’t quite over yet. He’ll join the 12-member American team outside of Chicago later this week for the Ryder Cup.

“I think it solidifies what I already know, and I think when I play my best golf, my best golf is some of the best in the world,” Snedeker said. “You know, I've never had more confidence in myself than I have the last five weeks, and I made sure that I kept telling myself that all day. ‘I am one of the best players in the world. This is supposed to happen. It’s okay to feel nervous, and no matter what I feel [Sunday], everybody else in the field feels exactly the same way I do.’”

• Commodores win Mason Rudolph: The Vanderbilt men’s golf team captured the Mason Rudolph Invitational on its home course at Vanderbilt Legends Club in Franklin on Sunday.

The Commodores shot 3-under in the third and final round to finish with a 7-under 845 as the only team to finish under par in the 15-team field. Sophomore Hunter Stewart finished second at 6-under par to lead Vanderbilt to its eighth tournament title in school history. The win was the first since 2009 and first under first-year coach Scott Limbaugh.

2 Comments on this post:

By: Rasputin72 on 9/23/12 at 8:55

During my long lifetime I have had the pleasure of beeming with pride as a Nashvillian
many times. Today was another of those days.

Hip,Hip,Hooray for Brandt Snedeker!!

By: TITAN1 on 9/24/12 at 5:06

Congrats, Brandt!