Mr 59 Snedeker claims second Wyndham title
Brandt Snedeker earned his ninth US PGA Tour title on Sunday, collecting the 2018 Wyndham Championship three days after opening with an 11-under 59.
He closed with a 65 for a 3-stroke victory over C.T. Pan finishing at 21-under for his first win since 2016.
Snedeker opened the tournament with the 59 that made him the first tour player this year and just the 10th ever to break 60.
“Shooting 59 on Thursday, your expectations go through the roof,” said Snedeker.
“I wanted so desperately to win this tournament, it was just a lot of emotion this week. It’s really satisfying to finish it off.”
The 2012 FedEx Cup champion will now enter the playoffs at No. 30 and is in with a real chance of claiming his second FedExCup title if he can sustain the superb form he had on display around the Sedgefield Country Club last week.
C.T.Pan shot a final round 66 to tie for second alongside Webb Simpson, who matched his career-best round with a 62.
Pan shared the lead on 20 under heading into the 18th, but drove out of bounds and could only manage a double bogey following what he describes “noises in my head” on the tee.
“Last shot, I had some noise in my head and could have backed off it and done something about it, which I decided not to do. That cost me quite a bit, but it’s OK. I’m still young, I’m still learning,” said Pan.
“Overall I feel good about the whole round. I played great. Just one bad shot, but that’s OK. I need to go back home and clear my head and think about it.”
Aaron Baddeley finished the best of the Australians in a share of 24th place, however Baddeley’s final round of 66 not enough to earn him a place in the opening FedEx Cup playoff starting this week in New York.
Finishing within the 125-150 bracket gives the Australian conditional status on the 2018-19 PGA Tour with the prospect of receiving 12-15 starts.
Cameron Percy was 33rd this week after a final round of 65 but he will now be forced back to the Web.Com Tour Final Series in an attempt to return to the PGA Tour. Percy finished 168th in the year-long standings.
Masters champion Sergio Garcia will also miss the playoffs for the first time in his career after winding up 131st on the points list.
Former world No.1 Jason Day joins Marc Leishman, Cameron Smith and Adam Scott in advancing to the PGA Tour’s $US67 million FedEx Cup playoff series, after the regular season concluded on Sunday.
The playoffs begin with the top-125 FedEx Cup finishers qualifying for the Northern Trust, while retaining their playing privileges for next season.
The field is then reduced for another two events before the top-30 advance to the Tour Championship finale in Atlanta, Georgia in September.
Baddeley and Matt Jones will join Percy and Stuart Appleby in the secondary Web.com finals, where they can play their way back to the main tour by finishing inside the top-25 on the money-list after those four events.