Brandt Snedeker made three birdies on the front nine and shot a final round 69 (2-under) Sunday as he tied for 11th at 3-under par in the U.S. Open.
It was the best round of the championship for the former Montgomery Bell Academy and Vanderbilt star, who gained four spots on the leaderboard over the final 18 holes.
He was one of 18 players who broke 70 in the final round at the Congressional Country Club course in Bethesda, Md., and he finished among the top 25 at the second of golf’s four major championships for the fourth time in five years. He was tied for eighth a year ago, tied for ninth in 2008 tied for 23rd in 2007.
His play Sunday was indicative of his performance throughout the event, which Irishman Rory McIlroy won with a record score of 16-under.
Snedeker matched Davis Love III and Heath Slocum for the third-best score by an American, as foreign players, including runner-up Jason Day (8-under), claimed eight of the top 10 spots.
Snedeker opened with a birdie on the first hole, the third time in four rounds he made a birdie at No. 1. He also had birdies at Nos. 7 and 9. It was the second straight day he birdied the seventh and the third time he birdied the ninth.
He broke par on the front nine in all four rounds and was a collective 8-under on those holes.
Snedeker, however, made just three back-nine birdies for the week, was over par all four rounds and a collective 5-over on Nos. 10-18. In the final round, he had eight pars to go with a bogey at No. 11.