Brandt Snedeker with only 3 tour wins to his career, 1 this year at the Farmer's, came up big today by winning the PGA Tour Championship and FedEx Cup by 3 shots with a 68 and aggregate of 270. Going in with the 54-hole lead, 10th on the money leaderboard, and 5th in FedEx points, Snedeker held the lead all Sun, only being tied once by Ryan Moore. With the win and the FedEx bonus totaling $11.44 million, he added to his season of $3,549,739.
Snedeker during the week had decent rounds. On Fri., Tiger Woods was shaky carding a double bogey, 5 bogeys, and 3 birdies. Jim Furyk took the lead on Fri. with 9 birdies and 3 bogeys for a 64. Bubba Watson dropped like Furyk on Fri. after a double bogey.
On Sat., Woods recovered with a 67 mostly by scrambling with a crucial par save on 16, and a great bunker save on #9 leaving him a 4' birdie putt which he sank. Furyk was sailing along until on Sat. when he triple bogeyed #17 dropping him out of the top five.
On Saturday, the lead changed again. Snedeker played one of his best rounds this year with a 64 with a couple of key putts and birdies for a share of the lead with Justin Rose. Rory McIlroy jumpstarted his move up on Fri. with an eagle, and jumped back in contention with steady play and a 68. Moore jumped up five spots with a 65.
Sunday's play opened with the top ten players separated only by 4 strokes for the Tour Championship. Snedeker and Rose at -8, Moore at -6, McIlroy, Watson, and Furyk at -5, Woods, Robert Garrigus, Matt Kuchar, and Bo van Pelt at -4 putting almost all still in contention for the Cup.
The wind helped the scores go up and the difficult holes at East Lake became more so. The 6th hole, par 3 water claimed Woods, McIlroy, and Snedeker. Snedeker recovered adding two shots to his lead by putting in a long 39-footer on #8, then followed with #13, #14, #15 (just missing an eagle), #17 for other birdies.
Hunter Mahan and Webb Simpson had the low rounds of the day with 66. Luke Donald finished the earliest with the lowest score at -6 solidifying his finish at 4 for the tournament.
Woods' driving which continued to show his improved mechanics on the tour this summer was not there on Sun. The question that Woods continued not to be able to answer was whether he could sustain his better short irons to get the ball below the hole and could he make the mid-range putts through the week-end, because all this year his week-end play has taken him out of contention. Sat. was the first glimpse of his turning the page on this part of his fluctuating and ever improving game, however, Sun. showed that there is still work to be done.
The tournament finished with Snedeker at -10 followed by Rose, Donald, Moore, Simpson, Watson, Furyk, Mahan, Woods, and Dusitn Johnson. In the Cup standings, after Snedeker, McIlroy came in 2nd, and Woods came in 3rd.
Snedeker with his first major and 4th career tour title lead all day Sun. winning the Tour Championship and FedEx Cup. With fine driving and his best putting, Snedeker finally rid himself of the 2009 memory of his worst series of four putts within 12 feet choking at the BMW and keeping him out of the Tour Championship. He was chased all day by #28, Moore who had only 1 tour win for his career. Not being able to win the Cup, Moore tied Snedeker with three holes to go then faltered. Rose stayed close with -7 but never could catch up. Snedeker swept it all, and took home the biggest title of his career matched only by his biggest paycheck of his career.