Brandt Snedeker

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Brandt Snedeker
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full name Brandt Newell Snedeker
Born (1980-12-08) December 8, 1980 (age 34)
Nashville, Tennessee
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)
Nationality  United States
Residence Nashville, Tennessee
Spouse Mandy Snedeker (m. 2008)
Children Lilly (b. 2011)
Austin (b. 2012)
Career
College Vanderbilt University
Turned professional 2004
Current tour(s) PGA Tour
Professional wins 8
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 6
Web.com Tour 2
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament T3: 2008
U.S. Open T8: 2010
The Open Championship T3: 2012
PGA Championship T13: 2014
Achievements and awards
PGA Tour
Rookie of the Year
2007
FedEx Cup Champion 2012

Brandt Newell Snedeker (born December 8, 1980) is an American professional golfer who plays on the PGA Tour. He won the 2012 FedEx Cup with a victory in the season-ending Tour Championship. After this victory, he moved into the top ten of the Official World Golf Ranking for the first time in his career. In February 2013, after winning the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, he moved to a career high of number four in the world.

Early years and college[edit]

Snedeker was born in Nashville, Tennessee to Larry and Candice Snedeker. He was introduced to golf by his maternal grandmother, who managed a golf course in Missouri.[1] He attended Harding Academy, Montgomery Bell Academy and then Vanderbilt University, where he was initiated into Kappa Alpha Order by the Chi Chapter. He won the U.S. Amateur Public Links in 2003 before turning professional in 2004.[1]

Professional career[edit]

2004–06: On the Nationwide Tour[edit]

Snedeker played on the Nationwide Tour from 2004 until 2006, when he finished 9th on the tour money list after victories at the Showdown at Somerby and the Permian Basin Charity Golf Classic, thus earning a PGA Tour spot for 2007. While on the Nationwide Tour, Snedeker recorded two wins, two runner ups, 12 tops 10s and earned $549,564.

2007: PGA Tour Rookie of the Year[edit]

Snedeker garnered immediate attention in January 2007 after shooting a course record equaling 61 in the first round of the Buick Invitational. He led the tournament by three strokes after 36 holes[2] but due to a 74 in the third round he finished in third place. He made eight consecutive cuts starting at the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic in January and ending at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March. In that span he recorded three top-25 finishes. In four tournaments in April, he made two cuts including a finish of T16 at the Verizon Heritage. From May to early June, Snedeker made the cut in two of the four tournaments he entered, including a T12 finish at the prestigious Players Championship.

Snedeker then went on a hot streak starting at the Stanford St. Jude Championship on June 10. He finished in a tie for fifth at that tournament and by doing so surpassed $1 million in earnings on tour in 2007. He finished in a tie for 23rd at the U.S. Open the following week. In early July he recorded two top-10 finishes, including a tie for 10th at the Buick Open. This finish put Snedeker into the top 100 of the Official World Golf Ranking for the first time.[3]

Later in July, Snedeker finished in a tie for 7th at the Canadian Open. A fortnight later he played in the PGA Championship for the first time and finished in a tie for 18th place. Snedeker picked up his first PGA Tour victory the next week at the Wyndham Championship in North Carolina. This win propelled him to a world ranking of 55th.[4] The Wyndham Championship was the last regular season event before the FedEx Cup Playoffs. Snedeker entered the playoffs in 9th place in the point standings. He played in all four playoff events, recording finishes of missed cut, T47, T14 and T29. Snedeker finished in 20th place in the final points standings, which earned him a bonus check of $225,000.

Due to his fine debut performance on tour, Snedeker was named the PGA Tour Rookie of the Year for 2007.[5] He entered 29 PGA Tour events in 2007, making 23 cuts. He had one win, a third place finish, six top-10 finishes and 13 top-25 finishes.[6] He earned $2,836,643 which put him in 17th on the final money list and he finished 2007 ranked 47th in the world rankings.

2008–10[edit]

Snedeker began the 2008 season with a tied for 10th finish at the Mercedes-Benz Championship. He finished tied for 9th at the FBR Open in February and tied for 8th at the PODS Championship in March. Snedeker recorded his first top-10 in a major at the 2008 Masters, where he finished tied for third. He went into the final round in second place, two strokes behind eventual winner Trevor Immelman but Snedeker shot a final round 77. Following his third place finish at the 2008 Masters Tournament, Snedeker reached a new high of 32nd in the world rankings. Snedeker finished in the top-10 for the second time in a major at the 2008 U.S. Open where he finished tied for 9th. For the rest of the year Snedeker struggled to maintain his early season consistency and did not record another top-10 finish for the season. Snedeker made 19 of 26 cuts on the year and recorded five top-10s, seven top-25s and earned $1,531,442 while finishing 34th in the FedEx Cup standings.

Snedeker struggled in 2009, making only 14 of 26 cuts and failing to make the cut in 9 of his first 12 tournaments. His play improved in the summer as he had two consecutive top-5 finishes, a tie for 5th place at the AT&T National, and a tie for 2nd place at the John Deere Classic. These were followed by two more top-5 finishes at the RBC Canadian Open and the Wyndham Championship. Despite this mid season form he missed the cut in all four of the years majors. One factor contributing to Snedeker's uneven play in 2009 was his health. He missed seven consecutive tournaments in the middle of the season due to a rib injury. Snedeker finished the season 55th on the money list.

Snedeker started the 2010 season well with a top-10 finish at the Bob Hope Classic which he then followed up with a runner-up finish at the Farmers Insurance Open. Snedeker played consistently throughout the early season making eight consecutive cuts through to April. However he then missed five of his next seven cuts and did not record a single top-25 finish until the U.S. Open where Snedeker finished in a tie for 8th place at Pebble Beach Golf Links, his best ever finish in the U.S. Open. For the rest of season he played steadily and recorded two more top-10s at the Wyndham Championship and the end of season playoff event the Deutsche Bank Championship. Snedeker ended the year 48th on the money list.

2011[edit]

Snedeker had an inconsistent start to the 2011 season missing his first cut at the Bob Hope Classic, but followed that up with two consecutive top-10 finishes at the Farmers Insurance Open and the Waste Management Phoenix Open. This was then followed by a further two missed cuts and a withdrawal from the Honda Classic to attend the birth of his first child. He returned to the tour with a 4th place finish at the Transitions Championship and then at the year's first major championship, the Masters Tournament finished in a tie for 15th. The following week Snedeker had a chance to win his second PGA Tour title at the Valero Texas Open but made a number of mistakes on the back nine on Sunday which cost him victory, eventually finishing alone in 4th.

Snedeker won his second PGA Tour title at The Heritage, beating Luke Donald in a sudden-death playoff at the third extra hole. Snedeker shot a seven-under-par round of 64 to recover from six shots back on the Sunday to tie Donald. The first two extra holes were parred by both players, but when Donald's par chip missed on the third extra hole, Snedeker sealed the win.[7] This victory took Snedeker to 38th in the world rankings. In November 2011, Snedeker underwent elective surgery on his right hip in order to fix a degenerative issue. This sidelined him for six to eight weeks at the end of year, however Snedeker confirmed he wished to have surgery at this stage in order to be fully fit for the 2012 season.[8] Snedeker finished the season 14th on the money list.

2012[edit]

Snedeker won his third PGA Tour title at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines. He started the day seven shots behind the leader Kyle Stanley, but after firing a final round 67 he was the leader in the clubhouse while the final group completed its rounds. Stanley had a three stroke lead coming to the final hole, but pitched his third shot into the water resulting in a triple bogey 8 to take the tournament to a playoff. After both players made birdie on the first extra hole, Snedeker prevailed with an up-and-down for par on the second hole after Stanley missed his par putt.[9] Snedeker entered the top 20 in the Official World Golf Ranking after his win. Snedeker had to withdraw from the 2012 U.S. Open due to a rib injury.

During a practice round for the 2012 Open Championship, Snedeker holed a driver from the tee on the 16th hole, a 336 yard par 4.[10] In the championship itself, he scored 66 and 64 in the first two rounds to equal the lowest 36 hole score in the tournament by Nick Faldo in 1992. Snedeker finished with rounds of 73 and 74 to share 3rd place with Tiger Woods at three under par, four shots behind the winner, Ernie Els[11]

Snedeker won the 2012 FedEx Cup and the $10 million prize after winning the Tour Championship.

2013[edit]

Snedeker began his 2013 season with three top-3 finishes in his first four tournaments: third at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, tied for second at the Farmers Insurance Open, and solo second at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.[6] He then won in his fifth start of the year, the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am and moved up to a career-high 4th in the Official World Golf Ranking. He pulled out of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship the following week, citing a rib injury. He was later diagnosed with "low bone turnover"[12] and began taking daily injections to increase his bone mass.[13] He had top-10 finishes at the Masters Tournament (T-6), the Players Championship (T-8), and the AT&T National (T-8), before winning his second tournament of the season at the RBC Canadian Open.[14]

Personal life[edit]

Snedeker resides in Nashville with his wife Mandy and his children Lily and Austin who were born in 2011 and 2012. He currently works with instructor Butch Harmon.

His brother, Haymes Snedeker, won The Big Break X: Michigan, and earned a shot at Q school and the PGA Tour.[15]

Amateur wins (1)[edit]

Professional wins (8)[edit]

PGA Tour wins (6)[edit]

Legend
FedEx Cup playoff event (1)
Other PGA Tour (5)
No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 Aug 19, 2007 Wyndham Championship 70-67-66-63=266 −22 2 strokes United States Tim Petrovic, United States Billy Mayfair
United States Jeff Overton
2 Apr 24, 2011 The Heritage 69-67-72-64=272 −12 Playoff England Luke Donald
3 Jan 29, 2012 Farmers Insurance Open 67-64-74-67=272 −16 Playoff United States Kyle Stanley
4 Sep 23, 2012 Tour Championship 68-70-64-68=270 −10 3 strokes England Justin Rose
5 Feb 10, 2013 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am 66-68-68-65=267 −19 2 strokes United States Chris Kirk
6 Jul 28, 2013 RBC Canadian Open 70-69-63-70=272 −16 3 strokes United States Jason Bohn, United States Dustin Johnson,
United States Matt Kuchar, United States William McGirt

PGA Tour playoff record (2–0)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 2011 The Heritage England Luke Donald Won with par on third extra hole
2 2012 Farmers Insurance Open United States Kyle Stanley Won with par on second extra hole

Nationwide Tour wins (2)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin
of victory
Runner-up
1 Jul 16, 2006 Scholarship America Showdown 70-67-68-67=272 −16 Playoff1 United States Jeff Quinney
2 Oct 15, 2006 Permian Basin Charity Golf Classic 66-67-70-69=272 −16 Playoff2 Australia Aron Price

1Defeated Quinney with birdie on third extra hole.
2Defeated Price with birdie on first extra hole.

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Masters Tournament T41 DNP DNP DNP T3 CUT DNP T15 T19 T6 T37
U.S. Open DNP CUT DNP T23 T9 CUT T8 T11 DNP T17 T9
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT CUT DNP CUT T3 T11 T58
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP T18 T24 CUT T39 CUT CUT T66 T13

DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied
Yellow background for top-10.

Summary[edit]

Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 1 1 2 4 7 6
U.S. Open 0 0 0 0 3 6 8 6
The Open Championship 0 0 1 1 1 2 6 3
PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 0 3 8 5
Totals 0 0 2 2 6 15 29 20
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 8 (2013 Masters – 2014 PGA, current)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 2 (2008 Masters – 2008 U.S. Open)

PGA Tour career summary[edit]

Season Wins Earnings (US$) Rank
2004 0 54,215 n/a
2005 0 12,731 n/a
2006 0 0 n/a
2007 1 2,836,643 17
2008 0 1,531,442 59
2009 0 1,483,557 55
2010 0 1,602,690 48
2011 1 3,587,206 14
2012 2 4,989,739 3
2013 2 5,318,087 5
2014 0 1,652,380 60
Career* 6 23,068,691 33

* As of the 2013–14 season.

U.S. national team appearances[edit]

Amateur

Professional

Equipment[edit]

  • Driver: TaylorMade Burner Superfast
  • 3 Wood: Tour Edge Exotics CB4 Tour
  • Hybrid: Ping Anser
  • Irons: Bridgestone J40 Cavity Back (4-PW)
  • Wedges: Bridgestone J40 Black Oxide (52,56 Degrees), Titleist Vokey TVD Prototype (60 Degrees)
  • Putter: Odyssey White Hot XG Rossie
  • Ball: Bridgestone B330

As of February 10, 2013.[16]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Brandt Snedecker – Profile". PGA Tour. Retrieved May 5, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Snedeker Surprise 36-Hole Leader at Buick". [dead link]
  3. ^ "Official World Golf Ranking – Week 26, 2007". July 1, 2007. Retrieved July 29, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Official World Golf Ranking – Week 33, 2007". August 19, 2007. Retrieved July 29, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Woods named PGA Tour Player of the Year". PGA Tour. December 10, 2007. Retrieved July 29, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "Brandt Snedeker – Results". PGA Tour. Retrieved February 4, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Brandt Snedeker wins second PGA Tour title at Harbour Town". Sky Sports. April 24, 2011. Retrieved April 27, 2011. 
  8. ^ Hoggard, Rex (November 3, 2011). "Snedeker out 6-8 weeks after second hip surgery". Golf Channel. Retrieved July 29, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Kyle Stanley meltdown hands Brandt Snedeker Farmers Insurance Open win". The Guardian. Associated Press. January 30, 2012. Retrieved January 30, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Brandt Snedeker gets ace on 2nd ball". ESPN. Associated Press. July 19, 2012. Retrieved July 29, 2013. 
  11. ^ "2012 Open Championship". The Open Championship. Retrieved July 29, 2013. 
  12. ^ Porter, Kyle (May 23, 2013). "Brandt Snedeker discovers why he's been injured so often". CBS Sports. Retrieved July 28, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Snedeker: 'Going in right direction'". ESPN. Associated Press. June 5, 2013. Retrieved July 28, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Brandt Snedeker wins Canadian Open". ESPN. Associated Press. July 28, 2013. Retrieved July 28, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Haymes Snedeker wins Big Break Michigan". December 19, 2008. Retrieved July 29, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Brandt Snedeker WITB". GolfWRX. Retrieved October 25, 2013. 

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