Brandt Snedeker has a couple of reasons to want to do well at this week’s Tour Championship. Make that a Couples reason.
Fred Couples, the captain of the United States team for the 2011 President’s Cup, mentioned Snedeker as one of the leading candidates for the remaining spot on the team that will face a team of non-European players from around the world in November at Australia.
“I think Brandt Snedeker and Bill Haas and probably Keegan Bradley are the three leaders in this three-ring circus right now to be the 12th guy,” Couples said earlier in the week on a conference call. “Brandt Snedeker has playing incredible golf and Bill Haas has, too. And of course, Keegan Bradley has won twice this year, including a major.”
Snedeker is sixth in the FedEx Cup standings with one event remaining in the PGA Tour’s four-tournament playoff run.
The top 30 qualified for this week’s event and any of the top five, with a victory, would win the FedEx Cup and the $10 million prize that goes with it. Snedeker would need a win and a little help to capture that title.
Plus, Couples made it known that he would use the Tour Championship as the final evaluation of potential members before he makes the second of his captain’s choices for the 12-man team.
The top 10 were determined by play over a two-year period capped by last week’s BMW Championship. Snedeker finished 11th. Plus, Couples already said Tiger Woods would be one of his choices.
That leaves one spot for the team that will compete Nov. 17-20 at Royal Melbourne.
“I want these guys to know that The Tour Championship is still deciding my second pick but 12th spot on the team,” Couples said.