Brandt Snedeker was an unlikely runaway winner of this year?s Wyndham Championship, taking home the $1m first prize purse and enough points to move him up more than 30 places in the PGA world rankings.
Now ranked 50 in the world, the 37-year-old started his assault on Greensboro, North Carolina?s Sedgefield Country Club course with an opposition-shattering 11 under 59 ? only the tenth time the 60 barrier had been breached in PGA Tour history. He followed this up with rounds of 67, 68 and 65 to finish on 259 – 21 under and three strokes ahead of C.T. Pan and Webb Simpson.
Snedeker was obliged to play 29 holes on the final day, his Saturday round being interrupted by rain. Despite starting his final round 3 up, he briefly lost the lead before fighting back and finishing with a stylish 20-foot birdie putt.
It was his ninth PGA Tour win. It came eleven years after his first ? the 2007 Wyndham Championship ? and two years after his last.
US Ryder Cup captain Jim Furyk and D.A. Points tied for fourth, one shot further back.
The Wyndham is the tournament where everyone wants to do well in the season-end scrabble to gain points and assure both a PGA card for next season and a place in the current season?s FedEx Cup play-offs.
After the event, Dustin Johnson held the top PGA ranking, followed Brooks Koepka and Justin Thomas. Englishman Justin Rose was ranked fourth and Northern Ireland?s Rory McIlroy seven. Other highly ranked UK players were Tommy Fleetwood, eleven, and Paul Casey, fifteen.
While Snedeker will be competing at the season-ending FedEx Cup, last year’s Masters champion Sergio Garcia will not. He could only manage a twenty-fourth place finish which left him 128 in the rankings, three below the cut.
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