GREENSBORO, N.C. — Brandt Snedeker started the Wyndham Championship with historical past — and ended it with a victory.
Snedeker earned his ninth PGA Tour title on Sunday, three days after opening with an 11-under 59.
He closed with a 65 for a 3-stroke victory within the regular-season finale, breaking a tie with C.T. Pan on the ultimate gap with a birdie and Pan’s double-bogey within the group forward.
Snedeker completed at 21-under 259 for his first win since 2016 and his second on the match, however first at Sedgefield Country Club, to shut what he known as “essentially the most hectic week I’ve ever had in skilled golf.”
“Shooting 59 on Thursday, your expectations undergo the roof,” Snedeker mentioned, additionally expressing delight that he might “cap it off the best way we did immediately, to play just about a flawless spherical of golf.”
Pan shot a 66 to tie for second with Webb Simpson. Simpson matched his career-best with a 62.
“I really feel prefer it was a spherical I wanted to make a push to the leaderboard,” Simpson mentioned. “Brandt’s clearly had an ideal week … so I knew it was going to take one thing tremendous low.”
Snedeker opened the match with the 59 that made him the primary tour participant this yr and simply the 10th ever to interrupt 60. Then, on the ultimate day, he performed 29 holes at 5 below to seal it. He’s the fifth tour participant to shoot within the 50s and win the match.
He was by no means at risk of lacking the playoffs for the primary time in his profession, however the victory gave him an enormous soar on the factors record. He climbed 50 spots to No. 30 on the record after arriving at 80th, which might have been his lowest end.
“To be completely frank, I did not have any probability in any respect” to win the FedEx Cup earlier than this week, the 2012 playoff champion mentioned. “After this week, I really feel like I’ve an opportunity.”
For some time, it regarded prefer it may come right down to a playoff between Pan and Snedeker, who had been even at 20 below coming into Pan’s ultimate gap. But the 26-year-old from Taiwan bumped into huge hassle: Pan shanked his tee shot out of bounds off a cart path down the correct aspect of the green and wanted 4 photographs, together with the penalty stroke, to achieve the inexperienced on the par four.
Pan mentioned he heard “a pair noises in my head, which brought about me to hit a nasty shot.
“It’s my fault. I can learn something from it,” he said. “I solely performed one unhealthy gap, which is okay. You know, I’ve nonetheless acquired numerous golf left.”
With the victory seemingly inevitable at that time, Snedeker sank a 20-foot birdie putt on the 18th to finish it, making him the 10th participant to win a number of instances in Greensboro. His victory right here in 2007 was the primary of his profession, and this time, he completed one stroke shy of Henrik Stenson’s yr previous match document.
“Wanting so desperately to win this match, it was simply numerous emotion this week,” he mentioned.
Severe climate led organizers to droop the third spherical with 30 gamers nonetheless on the course and produce everyone again to Sedgefield on Sunday morning, leaving Snedeker with 29 holes to play on the ultimate day.
He wrapped up that spherical with a 1-stroke lead at 16 below earlier than heading again onto the course. Since the match moved right here in 2008, each third-round chief who was that far below par has gone on to win.
The different subplot at Sedgefield is the last-minute push for the playoffs, which start subsequent week at The Northern Trust in New Jersey with the highest 125 gamers qualifying. With each participant who was between Nos. 122 and 127 lacking the reduce, there figured to be loads of motion close to the bubble.
Sergio Garcia will miss the playoffs for the primary time in his profession after winding up 131st on the factors record. Harris English and Nick Taylor performed their method in, with Taylor saying he would “type of soak it in and understand that we have lastly carried out it.
“It’s actually satisfying to complete it off,” he mentioned.