Just under two weeks separate us from the start of the FedExCup Playoffs, where the top 125 players of the PGA Tour will face the final phase of the season in search of a place in the Tour Championship. The East Lake field near Atlanta will host the 30 players for the final challenge.
Brandt Snedeker, history
For the sixteenth time since the introduction of the Playoffs, the epilogue of the PGA Tour season will take place on a path that bears the signature of one of the most prolific architects in the world, Donald Ross.
So prolific that three of the routes he has used in the last five weeks bear his signature. This time, however, I prefer to put aside the architecture of the course, and while waiting to know who will be this year’s winner, I want to tell you why the trophy most likely went into the hands of Brandt Snedeker in 2012.
Snedeker was in the lead after the first 54 holes at that year’s Tour Championship, a coveted position for anyone, as much as it is uncomfortable.
The danger could be that of creating too many expectations, losing the “good” feelings of the previous days, resting less than normal or having to manage any other unforeseen events that could have become a serious threat to the final result.
Instead of dwelling on what winning the FedExCup would have meant for him, the blond from Nashville spent his Sunday morning in Atlanta trying to bring happiness and comfort to Tucker Anderson. Brandt’s coach Todd Anderson’s son was seriously injured in a car accident in early September.
The brief conversation between the two (the boy still couldn’t speak due to his head and back injuries) was this: So, Tucker, do you think I can beat Rory today? Tucker replied with a wink. “That’s all I needed,” Snedeker said.
Snedeker said the visit to the hospital gave him a different perspective on the competition.
Later that afternoon, Brandt would be able to pocket an approach to the 71st hole to win both the TOUR Championship and the FedExCup. Giving hope and motivation to a friend to heal.