How Brandt Snedeker took the $10 million FedEx Cup bonus
Brandt Snedeker won his second PGA title of the year at East Lake Sunday. Brandt Snedeker collected $1.44 million for the Tour Championship. and the $10 million bonus for capturing the FedEx Cup. Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods faded early and were never a factor.
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His approach on the 16th drifted right and into the bunker. He hit his sand shot heavy and barely onto the green and missed the 18-foot par putt. On the 17th, he bailed out to the right near the hospitality tents — a popular spot with water running down the left side — played his next shot too aggressively and took another bogey. Moore finished with a third straight bogey for a 70 and wound up tied for third with Luke Donald, who shot 67.
Rose was within one shot on the back nine, but he never caught up after Snedeker's big birdie on the 13th. Rose will look back on the final round and regret a series of missed putts, mostly for birdies and one for par, all of them costly. He missed four putts inside 10 feet.
"He's mentally tough, Brandt," Rose said. "It's kind of a different pressure, playing for $10 million. It gets in your head more than other golf tournaments. Other golf tournaments, it's more routine. But this week, it's not routine. We talk about it all year long, and suddenly you have to walk the walk. And he did a great job of that today."
Snedeker, McIlroy and Woods were separated by four shots going into the final round. All any of them had to do was win to capture the FedEx Cup.
Woods, who was four shots behind, was the first to leave the picture. He missed the first fairway with a 3-wood and made bogey, hit into the water on the par-3 sixth hole and was never a factor the rest of the way. He birdied the last hole for a 72 and finished eight shots behind in a tie for eighth.
"I just didn't have it this weekend," Woods said.
McIlroy also came undone early. He had 11 consecutive rounds in the 60s during the FedEx Cup playoff, but with a strong breeze and a fierce golf course, that was bound to end. He sped the process along by getting caught up in the rough on No. 4 for bogey, hitting into the water on the sixth for double bogey, and driving into a bunker on the next hole for yet another bogey.
The difference, though, was that McIlroy came into the Tour Championship as the No. 1 seed, so he had a slight edge on Woods. But their FedEx Cup hopes depended on Snedeker, who could win the FedEx Cup even with a runner-up finish if McIlroy and Woods were too far down the leaderboard.
They didn't make a move to get inside the top five in the Tour Championship, and ultimately it didn't matter. This was Snedeker's show from the opening tee shot.
In the six years of the FedEx Cup, it has identified the best player of the year (Woods twice) and enabled another FedEx Cup champion (Furyk) to be voted player of the year. Bill Haas played the role of long shot a year ago.
Snedeker showed the value of being among the top five seeds getting to the Tour Championship, for those five only have to win at East Lake to get the $10 million bonus. Snedeker got that seeding with a win earlier this year at Torrey Pines, and showing a hot hand in the playoff events — runner-up at Barclays, sixth place at the Deutsche Bank Championship.
He saved his best performance for East Lake, and walked away with $11.44 million. That's more than his career earnings going into this season.
Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.