ATLANTA, Georgia, September 23, 2012
Brandt Snedeker played the biggest round of his career for the biggest payoff in golf.
Needing to win the Tour Championship on Sunday to beat out Rory McIlroy for the FedEx Cup, Snedeker came up with three big birdies on the back nine at East Lake to take all the drama out the final day that had been loaded with possibilities.
Snedeker hit his final tee shot into the grandstand left of the 18th green and made bogey. By then, it didn’t matter. So dominant was his performance that he was the only player from the last five groups who managed to break par, closing with a 2-under 68.
Along the way, he answered any questions about why Davis Love made him a captain’s pick for the Ryder Cup next week at Medinah.
Snedeker won by three shots over Justin Rose (71), his second title of the year, and collected $1.44 million. And he won the $10 million bonus for capturing the FedEx Cup, which comes with a five-year exemption on the PGA Tour.
McIlroy and Tiger Woods, both of whom could have won the FedEx Cup with a victory, were never a factor.
Snedeker joins Woods (twice), Vijay Singh, Jim Furyk, and Bill Haas as winners of the Cup in its six-year history.
McIlroy had won the last two playoff events and three of his last four tournaments dating to his eight-shot win in the PGA Championship. He still is a lock as PGA Tour player of the year, but he had to settle for second place in the FedEx Cup.
WHAT'S IN BRANDT'S WINNING BAG?DRIVER: TaylorMade Burner SuperFast Driver (8.5°) with a Fujikura Motore VC 7.2 X shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Tour Edge Exotics CB4 (13°) with a Mitsubishi Diamana Blue Board 73X shaft
HYBRID:Ping Anser (20°) with a UST Mamiya VTS 100 X shaft
IRONS: Bridgestone J40 Cavity Back Irons (4-PW) Aerotech SteelFiber i95 Constant Weight shafts
WEDGES: Bridgestone J40 (52°, 56°) with a True Temper X100 shafts; Titleist Vokey Design Spin Mill(60°) with True Temper DG Spinner shafts
PUTTER: Odyssey White Hot XG Rossie
BALL: Bridgestone Tour B330
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