Brandt Snedeker stood on the tee box at 18 at Atlanta's East Lake Golf Club with a four stroke lead. All that separated him from the 2012 TOUR Championship title and the FedEx Cup was a long par 3. I wondered what thoughts might be racing through his mind. Was he thinking just don't make a snowman? Just put the ball somewhere near the green? What am I going to have for supper? Who will I be paired with at the Ryder Cup? Luckily, we now know what Snedeker was thinking. He said that he was thinking about $10 million, the bonus for winning the FedEx Cup.
Snedeker promptly hit his tee shot into the grandstand. He also said that is what you get for thinking about $10 million! After a free drop, he chipped onto the green. A routine two-putt for bogey and Brandt Snedeker was the 2012 TOUR Championship winner and the winner of the FedEx Cup (and that $10 million bonus). I would venture to guess that was one of the most satisfying bogeys of his life as it sealed his victory by three strokes over Justin Rose.
Snedeker may not have been the story at the beginning of the week, but at the close of the tournament he was certainly the star and well-deserved champion. The 31-year old American won his fourth, and by far the biggest, tournament of his PGA Tour career. However, he could have let the round get away from him. Snedeker put his tee shot at six into the water. The mistake resulted in a double bogey. However, Snedeker settled down and made four birdies before his bogey at 18.
While Snedeker walked away with both trophies, it was a tough day at East Lake Golf Club for Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods. Not only could neither man mount a charge on the last day but both went sliding backwards down the leaderboard. Okay, Woods only dropped one spot, but it probably seemed like a larger drop to him. After his round of 72, Woods would say that he just did not have it. McIlroy broke a long string of good rounds with a 4-over par 74. He went out in 39 and was never in a position to challenge on the back nine.
Dwight is an avid golfer. While still relatively new to the game, he plays as often as the weather and his schedule will allow.
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