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By : BGA Proshop
After shooting the magical 59 it hard to beat but Brandt Snedeker was able to claim his ninth PGA Tour victory claiming the Wyndham Championship.
Snedeker only becomes the 9th player in PGA Tour history to shoot a 59 which is why it is called the magical number as it is such a rare feat. Many players have come close and will remember missing their chances to break 60 but it is a special club to join.
Snedeker did not have it all his way as storms rolled in Saturday afternoon to delay play and he had 11 holes still to play. He was still in the lead by three but had to get up early Sunday morning to finish off his third round. He finished with a 68 and took a one shot lead going into the last round.
As the tournament was trying to make up time, the groups had to tee off in threesomes and Snedeker was paired with Brain Gay and David Hearn and he got off to a hot start. He birdied 3 of his first 8 holes to get to 19 under but Webb Simpson was putting up a challenge with an incredible Sunday performance. Unfortunately a bogey on the last ended his hopes but finished with solid 62 and three shots off the lead.
This was a special win for Snedeker as injury had interrupted his career.
“To be injured, to be away from the game for five and a half months, to not know what the recovery was going to look like, to not know if you're going to be 100 percent again and still dealing with it to this day,” Snedeker said. “Still not 100 percent, but I'm way better than I was.
“I guess it's the facts of life as you get older out here, you're going to have to deal with certain nagging injuries all the time.”
“When you don't have your health out here and you're trying to fight through it, it's really tough because you know what you're capable of and your body's not letting you do what you think you should be able to do.,” Snedeker said. “Fortunately enough, I felt good enough to be able to practice and put the time in and it came through today.
“Today's when you find out, okay, am I going to hold up, is the stuff I'm working on working, is it TOUR-tested in a sense, and it was great to hit some quality shots down the stretch.”
With his wife and two young kids there at the final round, Snedeker said after the win “It means the world to me that I have not failed them finally, it's a great teaching lesson for them. They've seen how hard I've worked. They've seen the amount of time I've spent away from them trying to get to this point, so it's good for them to see, hey, it works, pays off.
“If you keep your head on straight and do stuff the right way and keep working your tail off, you do get rewarded. So I think more than anything else, I'm more proud of that fact.”