The one club that everyone knows is Brandt Snedeker‘s strength turned out to be the one that won him the TOUR Championship and led to claiming the FedEx Cup.
If you look over his stats for the week, Sneds was simply astounding with the putter. In comparison to the rest of the 30-man field, the native of Nashville was in the top three in the most important putting stats. On “Moving Day”, Snedeker gained 3.169 strokes. For his final round, that was 1.962. And for the weekend, that total number was 1.676. His three-stroke win over Justin Rose can be largely attributed to the flat stick.
Take a look at his putts per round and putts per GIR:
Thursday – PPR: 27, PPGIR: 1.667
Friday – PPR: 29, PPGIR: 1.667
Saturday – PPR: 29, PPGIR: 1.647
Sunday – PPR: 25, PPGIR: 1.667
Wasn’t only his putter though. Snedeker’s accuracy of the tee was second for the tournament with a 66.1% accuracy. He was perfect in sand saves. And, maybe the most important stats of the weekend, Snedeker had the least number of bogeys with 6 and most birdies with 20. He also only had a pair of double bogeys.
Of course, the points system is probably taking a beating today considering Rory McIlroy won two of the four tournaments that comprise the FedEx Cup Playoffs and did not figure into the crowning of a new champ. Rors was coming off perhaps his greatest stretch of his young career as he won the last major (PGA Championship) and nailed down two wins in the playoffs (Deutsche Bank and BMW).
McIlroy had a T24, 1st, 1st and T10 for the four tournaments that comprise the playoffs. An average finish well above that of Snedeker, yet he takes home the second place prize of a mere $3 million.
Hard to fathom that a guy can win half of the tournaments involved in the playoffs would have to settle for second.
Ponder this. It’s not like Snedeker barely made the TOUR Championship. Top five, maybe, but he earned his spot. It’s not completely related to his own performance. The other players created part of this as well. Their performance throughout these playoff had an effect.
Coming into East Lake, he was fifth in the FedEx Cup points standings, the last spot where you held your own destiny. He solidified his position by placing second at The Barclays, followed by a sixth at the Deutsch Bank. Snedeker’s worst finish of The Playoffs came at BMW where he could only muster a T37. Still, he was in position to claim the title.
Snedeker did just that.
Now on to Medinah and the Ryder Cup.