When Brandt Snedeker (pictured) holed a putt of less than a foot on Sunday afternoon he won 11.44 million dollars. That was his prize money for winning the Tour Championship which meant he had earned most points in the FedEx Cup play-offs and that entitled him to the 10 million dollar bonus.
Ahead of the last event in the post-season five players knew that if they won the Tour Championship they would also win the play-offs. Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Nick Watney all came up short. However, Snedeker kept his nerve and played the best golf over the four days of the tournament.
His final round of 2 under par 68 was good enough for a three shot victory which meant he won the huge bonus. During the final round it became something of a match play situation with his playing partner Justin Rose. However, Rose had several chances to apply some pressure but never took advantage of his opportunities.
The English player missed three putts of less than three feet on Sunday and that was the difference between making a play-off and losing the tournament. He bravely holed a putt of about 15 feet on the last green which carried a seven figure sum in terms of prize money. Ryan Moore emerged as a challenger to Snedeker but he bogeyed each of the final three holes to move out of contention.
Victory and the bonus were secured when Snedeker chipped in on the 17th and that gave him a four shot lead playing the last hole. A wayward tee shot which ended in the stands and a subsequent bogey were irrelevant as Snedeker had plenty of shots in hand. When victory was secured he celebrated on the green with his father and close friends and relatives.
US Ryder Cup captain Davis Love would have been happy with the week’s proceedings. Snedeker was one of his wildcard picks and six of the US team finished in the top ten. Rose, McIlroy, Sergio Garcia and Lee Westwood were members of the European Ryder Cup team in the field. McIlroy returned his first score in the 70s in 12 rounds, Rose had a good week and Garcia finished strongly but Westwood came last in a limited field of 30 players.
With the end of the play-offs most of leading players will not be seen in regular tour events this season. The Fall Series will be dominated by players who are looking to secure their playing privileges for next year. The leading 125 players in the Money List earn a card for 2013 and there will be some tense moments as golfers close to the mark try to ensure a confirmed schedule for next season.