The 2014 golf season has not been good for 2012 FedEx Cup Champion, Brandt Snedeker, and missing the cut at Deutsche Bank Championship on Saturday afternoon probably ended his season. The 33 year-old Vanderbilt grad was hoping to get a Ryder Cup nod from Captain Tom Watson, but two missed cuts in two weeks during the playoffs more than likely dashed those hopes.
After winning the FedEx Cup title at the end of the 2012 season, Snedeker was on top of his game through the beginning of the 2013 season where he finished second to Dustin Johnson at the Hyundai Championship, second to Tiger Woods at Torrey Pines, and second to Phil Mickelson in Phoenix before picking up a win at Pebble Beach.
He claimed he hurt something in his rib cage during the Humana Challenge, and after winning on the Monterrey Peninsula, called it quits until the injuries subsided. He has failed to find his game since.
Snedeker shot 76 on Saturday at TPC Boston, and will fail to qualify for the BMW Championship at Cherry Hills where only the top 70 players will move on. The finish at The Deutscbe Bank has him projected in 89th place, and that position may well change as the weekend concludes on Monday afternoon.
The best part of Brandt Snedeker’s game has always been the putter, and even that club has deserted him in the last two weeks. He putted 65 times this week in Boston, and 34 alone on Saturday.
I had picked him a few weeks back as being high on the Ryder Cup pick list, but even a practice round with Captain Tom at the PGA Championship earlier this month can’t undo such a horrible performance when the chips are down like this.
“I wish I could start this week over because I’m playing great,” said Snedeker, who had a practice session with Harmon in Las Vegas earlier this week. “I didn’t come through and that’s frustrating on my part.”
“It’s just unfortunate that I had two bad days of putting at the same time,” he said. “That’s tough. I’ll go back home and try to recap the year, see what — no fun being my last event — but I’ll be ready to go, whenever my next start is going to be.”
Snedeker has been working with Butch Harmon since the US Open, and his swing appears to be coming back around.
Keegan Bradley, and Webb Simpson are playing well this week, and are making Captain Tom take a hard look at them for a trip to Gleneagles later next month. I would be very surprised if Brandt Snedeker gets that final nod at this point!