After 40 holes at the British Open, Brandt Snedeker finally bogeyed and it cost him.
The Nashville native bogeyed six times on Saturday in Royal Lytham & St. Annes in England, shooting a 3-over 73 to fall out of first place and four strokes behind leader Adam Scott heading into Sunday’s final round.
Snedeker, who entered Saturday with a one-stroke lead on Scott, is 7-under for the tournament, sharing second place with Graeme McDowell. Snedeker tees off at 8:20 a.m. on Sunday (ESPN) and is paired with Tiger Woods, who sits in fourth place at 6-under.
The first bogey for Snedeker, a Vanderbilt and Montgomery Bell Academy grad, came when he missed a short putt on the fifth hole. Over the next four holes, he made three bogeys, letting Scott, who also led after the first round, jump in front.
But Snedeker recovered nicely to stay in the hunt. He birdied the 16th and 18th holes, including sinking a 30-foot putt to end his day.
“I know that [Sunday] it’s going to be a very, very tough golf course,” Snedeker told reporters afterwards. “And as long as you hang in there and keep fighting, you never know what might happen.”
The 31-year-old has only finished in the top five at a major once. In 2008, he tied for third at the Masters. He was in second and two shots off the lead going into the final round, before shooting a 77 to end his chances. He tied for 19th at Augusta earlier this year and has three career PGA Tour wins. In January, he came from seven strokes behind in the final round to win the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, Calif.