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Snedeker Earns Biggest Win of Career
While you were watching football and checking your fantasy scores (and your bets), Brandt Snedeker was winning $11.44 million. So how did you do today?
Snedeker simultaneously earned the two biggest trophies of his career, taking the Tour Championship and $1.44 million and clinching the FedExCup with its accompanying $10 million payout. Snedeker continued his playoff putting clinic, missing exactly zero putts from inside eight feet during his 68-70-64-68 four-day performance at East Lake and heading to Medinah ready to anchor the U.S. team with his putter, the hottest flatstick in the game today.
On a day when many of the leaders were retreating like Lee from Gettysburg, Snedeker stood strong, firing a final-round 2-under 68, beating Justin Rose by three shots and placing his name in consideration for the title of Best Player Never to Win a Major. Sneds slayed several demons on a nearly flawless Sunday, winning for the first time when holding a 54-hole lead and overcoming a history of late meltdowns at majors. Most tellingly, he overcame an early double bogey at No. 6 that threatened to undo his round, hitting a clutch par putt at 7 and a brilliant birdie at 8.
Golf's best bromance, Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods, combined to shoot 6-over after entering the weekend among the five players who could clinch the Cup with a win. Late charges from Webb Simpson, Hunter Mahan and Luke Donald were too little, too late on a day that belonged to Brandt.
Final FedExCup Standings
1. Brandt Snedeker
2. Rory McIlroy
3. Tiger Woods
4. Nick Watney
5. Phil Mickelson
6. Justin Rose
7. Louis Oosthuizen
8. Dustin Johnson
9. Luke Donald
10. Lee Westwood