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As tune-ups go, playing for $10 million is
nice work if you can get it.
Tennessee’s Brandt Snedeker, who will
make his Ryder Cup debut this week, got it
all Sunday in Atlanta.
By winning The Tour Championship
and the FedEx Cup at historic East Lake,
Snedeker bagged a cool $10 million in
season-ending playoff dollars along
with $1.44 million more for winning the
All of which makes him one rich, ready
And all of which makes U.S. captain Davis
Love III’s grin wider than the first fairway at
the Old Course.
“I had complete confidence in what I
was doing,” Snedeker said, moments after
closing with a 2-under 68, three ahead of
runner-up Justin Rose.
So, too, did American skipper Love, who
raised more than a few eyebrows earlier
this month when he made Snedeker one of
his captain’s picks.
So, it’s on to Chicago and the Ryder Cup
where the plot will thicken and the pace will
quicken in the always-charged matches that
begin Friday at Medinah No. 3. Thirteen of
the players who finished T15 or better at
East Lake will be playing in this Ryder Cup.
Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods wound up
second and third, respectively, in the final
FedEx standings. Both paid a steep price for
driving it all over Atlanta all weekend.
One last thought in advance Medinah:
The 15th hole has been shortened and is
now a perfectly situated drivable par 4 for
match play. Expect fireworks there.
And don’t be surprised if red-hot Brandt
Snedeker is the one who lights the fuse.
Double-winner Brandt Snedeker
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