It’s amazing what a little confidence can do for a golf game. Brandt Snedeker wasn’t feeling particularly great about his putter heading into the BMW Championship – then he sank a 14-footer for birdie on the 13th hole and everything changed. Having started on the back nine, it was the fourth hole he played on the day.
Snedeker then proceeded to rattle off seven straight birdies en route to an eight under par 63 in the first round. “You get on runs like that, you get excited for the next hole because you know something good is going to happen because you’re in such a good frame of mind and everything is going in the right direction,” Snedeker said.
Sneds is the solo leader after the first round at Conway Farms, but Zach Johnson is right on his heels at seven under par. The streak of seven straight birdies was the longest on the PGA Tour this year and he needed only 22 putts over the entire 18 holes of the first round. So much for not having confidence in the putter.
“To roll off seven birdies in a row kind of came out of nowhere,” Snedeker said. “I wasn’t expecting it. I hadn’t been playing the best to say the least, and to get on a roll like that is always welcoming. “ Going on a run like that is great anytime, but doing it in the next-to-last event of the FedEx Cup Playoffs has got to make it even better. He wasn’t able to jump out to a huge lead, but Snedeker definitely did not play his way out of the tournament after one day.