AMERICA’S Brandt Snedeker is golf’s multimillion-dollar man this week after snatching the 2012 US PGA Tour Championship and FedEx Cup cash bonus.
Snedeker’s final iron approach shot might have ended up in the grandstand but he could just about buy his own after his exploits at the East Lake Golf Club today.
The 31 year old shared the overnight lead and closed with a 2-under par 68 to finish on 10-under, two clear of Englishman Justin Rose (71).
Englishman Luke Donald (67) and American Ryan Moore (70) shared third place, four shots behind the leader.
Snedeker claimed the $US1.44 million Tour Championship tournament winner’s cheque and also pocketed $10 million for winning the season long FedEx Cup points race in what was easily the biggest win of his career.
Snedeker came into the event sitting in fifth place in the FedEx standings, the last placing where winning the tournament was enough to ensure he would scoop the pool regardless of other results.
Snedeker looked in command all day, apart perhaps from his double bogey on six that gave others a glimmer of hope.
On the 17th the redhead chipped in for birdie, giving himself a four shot buffer going into the last hole, a par 3.
Last year’s winner Bill Haas famously put his tee shot into the water left of the 18th green before a magical up and down. Snedeker was having none of that and went to the other extreme, putting his tee shot several rows back into the grandstand right of the green. He got a free drop and the resulting bogey wasn’t an issue.
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“It’s just unbelievable,” Snedeker said. “You know, it’s — you don’t think about what’s going to happen after today, after the round … This is what you work your whole life for. I look at all the putts I’ve hit and all the shots I’ve hit through my life, it’s just unbelievable the ability to stay calm today. It just came through.”
The expected challenge was golf’s “big two” – Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods never really eventuated with Woods (72) finishing on 2-under tied for 8th and McIlroy (74), seemingly unable to find fairway off the tee, dropping to 1-under tied for 10th.
Australia’s challenge too didn’t eventuate with Adam Scott (74) finishing on 3-over in 19th position and John Senden (75) on 8-over in 26th position.
“I was a little bit off and a bit loose this week,” Scott said. “The week off didn’t do me any good as I was playing nice and tight and I just didn’t keep that rhythm going. I didn’t really hit it close enough this week. I don’t know why but I just couldn’t get it quite dialled in.”
England’s Lee Westwood (74) will have to pick himself up and reassemble his outfit going into the Ryder Cup this week after finishing stone last (30th) on 15-over.2012 US PGA Tour Championship Final Leaderboard