When Brandt Snedeker landed at Indianapolis on Monday night, he turned on his cell phone and checked his voicemail.
There was a message from Davis Love III that kept Snedeker from sleeping.
On Tuesday, the Nashville native was officially named to the U.S. Ryder Cup team. He was one of four captain picks by Love, who also selected Jim Furyk, Dustin Johnson and Steve Stricker to fill out his 12-man team.
“I had no clue one way or another,” Snedeker told reporters on Tuesday. “Got on the plane, got here to Indianapolis and got a voicemail from Davis just asking if I brought my putter from Boston and if I wanted to be on the team. I was just so excited. Couldn’t hardly sleep last night. Just a huge, huge thing for my career.”
Snedker, 31, joins the rest of the team on Sept. 28-30 in Medinah, Ill., just outside Chicago. The Europeans have won four of the last five but last won the biennial event on American soil in 2004.
“Needless to say, it's been a couple pressure-packed weeks for me but it's all worth it,” Snedeker said. “I look forward to getting to Medinah and trying to make Davis look like a genius.”
The former Vanderbilt and Montgomery Bell Academy standout is coming off a sixth-place finish at the Deutsche Bank Championship last weekend. In July he led the British Open after two rounds and finished in a tie for third with Tiger Woods.
In January, he picked up his third career PGA win by capturing the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines in California.
“I’ve been saying a lot that we need hot putters, and there really has not been a hotter putter [than Snedeker] on tour since the British Open,” Love said.