Brandt Snedeker Goes Wire-To-Wire To Win At Wyndham


Brandt Snedeker, struggling in his bid to back up a first-round 59, came alive late on Friday to stay atop the Wyndham Championship leaderboard with a two-stroke lead over D.A. Points.

He followed up his blistering first round with three rounds in the 60s, on his way to a 21-under-par finish and a three-shot victory on Sunday at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, North Carolina.

The 37-year-old American, who also won this tournament in 2007, saw off a challenge from Chinese Taipei's C.T. Pan to claim a three-stroke win at Sedgefield Country Club. For this victory, Snedeker earned a $1.08 million paycheck and 500 FedExCup points.

Korea's Sungjae Im cracked the top 100 at No. 90 following his win at the Tour's Winco Foods Portland Open, capping a season during which he led the money list every single week. "Fortunately enough, I felt good enough to be able to practice and put the time in and it came through today". That was Snedeker's first PGA Tour victory.

"Then on the back nine, which typically is the harder nine here, I finally hit the ball in the fairway off the tee and hit some quality iron shots and had a few holes where I missed some makeable putts". So the front nine was disappointing.

He posted rounds of 65-67-70-63 and is projected to climb 12 spots from 129th in the FEC standings to 117th.

Pan, aiming for his first victory on the PGA Tour, hit his tee shot on the final hole out of bounds.

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Snedeker, among 30 players who completed the round on Sunday following the previous day's weather delay, could only muster two birdies in the final 11 holes.

Points, who had made just one cut since January, struck form with a new set of irons, carding 64 to jump into second place on 12-under. Brian Gay and David Hearn were at 15 under, with Gay shooting a 62 and Hearn a 64.

Snedeker rolled in a 20-foot birdie putt at his final hole, the par-4 ninth, to join one of golf's most exclusive clubs."To roll that putt in was such a cool feeling", said Snedeker, whose 10 birdies, six pars and one eagle virtually erased any memory of an opening bogey at the 10th hole.

"There is a lot of stuff going on that is making me emotional". Only the top 100 players after this event will advance to the second event in the playoffs, the Dell Technologies Championship.

The Spaniard fired a round of five-under 65, to get within five shots of the lead, as he looks to impress Thomas Bjorn and force his way on to the European Ryder Cup team for the clash in Paris at the end of September.

Pan, who's from Taiwan and played collegiately at the University of Washington, said he benefitted when the wind picked up.