Snedeker's third PGA Tour victory comes in surprising fashion

Sunday, January 29, 2012 at 8:39pm
Staff reports

Brandt Snedeker shot a final round 67 (5-under) and then won the Farmers Insurance Open with a par on the second playoff hole Sunday at La Jolla, Calif.

It was the third career PGA Tour victory for the Nashville native and former Vanderbilt star. The last two have come in playoffs.

Even after a tap-in birdie on the 72nd hole, Snedeker looked destined to finish second. Then Kyle Stanley hit a wedge into the water on his final hole and ultimately made a triple bogey.

“It’s just crazy,” Snedeker said. “I was literally in the media tent watching Kyle play 18. It’s hard to get my mind around what happened in the last 30 minutes. My heart goes out to Kyle.”

The playoff started at the par-5 18th, and both players made birdies. Snedeker’s came after he hit his tee shot in a fairway bunker but chipped his third three feet from the hole.

On the next hole, the par-3 16th, Snedeker hit his tee shot over the green. Stanley was on the green but was 47 feet away. They left themselves par putts of nearly identical lengths, and a PGA Tour rules official was needed to determine who was away.

Snedeker went first and made his putt. Stanley missed.

The victory came with a paycheck of $1.08 million. He opened with a 67 on Thursday and followed with the event’s best second-round score, a 64. He shot 74 on Saturday and then rallied in the final round.

His previous victories were at The Heritage (2011) and the Wyndham Championship (2007).

1 Comment on this post:

By: Rasputin72 on 1/30/12 at 7:31

The boy certainly is a breath of fresh air for the MBA contingent. Things have not been so rosy over there.