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Snedeker: “That’s all I needed.”

The AJC's Steve Hummer with Brandt Snedeker's emotional Saturday winning $11 million in the Tour Championship/ResetCup but starting the day with a trip 11 miles away to the Shepherd Rehabilitation Center to visit the badly injured Tucker Anderson, son of his instructor Todd.

Only natural the subject of the Tour Championship would arise.

So, Tucker, you think I can beat Rory today?

Tucker Anderson had been involved in a near fatal car accident in Florida two weeks ago and was transferred to the Shepherd Center for treatment of a traumatic brain injury. The teen can’t speak yet. But as Snedeker relayed later, Tucker answered him with a wink.

“That’s all I needed,” Snedeker said.

C’mon, how you gonna beat that?

Bob Harig feels Snedeker's clean victory in the Tour Championship made his ResetCup win better too because the algorithms stayed out of the affair. Those poor calculability codes and rolled up Oxfords in PVB that couldn't bring the attention off the golfers and onto the suits!

The fact that Snedeker won the Tour Championship by 3 shots over Justin Rose and kept the typically contrived and confusing points scenarios to a minimum makes for a nice bow on that FedEx package.
Even Rory McIlroy, who finished second to Snedeker in the final FedEx standings despite two playoff victories, a major championship and a total of four wins this year (to Snedeker's two), was left to give a golf clap to Snedeker while having to "settle'' for his $3 million bonus.

"I'm a little disappointed, but at the same time, Brandt really deserves to win," McIlroy said. "If you look at his stats the whole way [throughout] the week, he played the best golf out of anyone. He knew what he needed to do. He needed to come in here and win. He controlled his own destiny, just like I did, and he was able to come and do that. Because of that, he really deserves it."

Rob Matre posts a lovely album of final day shots and also this awesome shot of Snedeker making a key putt.

Snedeker's entire post round interview transcript.

For those of you counting at home, the aggregate scoring concept for the Playoffs would have finished this way:

Rory McIlroy, 41 under (-1) -42   
Dustin Johnson, 36 under (-1) -37  

Tiger Woods, 34 under (-2) -36
Brandt Snedeker, 25 under (-10) -35
Ryan Moore, 24 under (-6) -30
Phil Mickelson, 31 under (+1) -30
Louis Oosthuizen, 34 under (+7) -27

And for those of you favoring the "Plus One" concept endorsed by Brandel Chamblee and Johnny Miller last week, that means the final foursome after the Tour Championship play would have been McIlroy, Woods, Johnson and Snedeker, playing either one round or 36 for the $10 million prize.

Now that's one reset I'd love to see!

ESPN's Sportscenter highlight package:

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Reader Comments (14)

what kind of putter is that he's holding there?
09.23.2012 | Unregistered Commenterbeam me up
Well done Snedeker. Once again supporting the maxim of this new golfing era, 'Only The Nice Guys Win'
09.24.2012 | Unregistered Commenteract38
Indeed act38 and, great, great performance by Snedeker.

Davis Love said he want to pick players who were hot. It surely 'don't' get much hotter than this!

Let's hope he's peaked!
Beam me up
I think it was the club he used to chip in on the 71st (?) hole where the photo was taken. Apparently he was imitating Tom Watson after he chipped in at a previous 71st hole (at a more important championship) a long time ago.
Very typical of everything I have heard about Snedeker to take the time to visit a young friend in hospital on what must have been the biggest golfing day of his career so far. Given his last day at the Open and other oh-so-closes, he is someone of whom it was beginning to be suspected that he couldn't close the big ones, and here he was going again -- with some very heavy hotters breathing down his neck and quite sure they could overtake and pass him. But a boy was in hospital, and he didn't make an excuse or delay the visit. Good on him, and I agree with the act38.

And with c&c -- I like Sneds, but I was thinking how well he was vindicating Love's choice of him over Watney. Captains with that good an eye...
09.24.2012 | Unregistered CommenterGhillie
As things turned out, few quibbles about Snedeker winning the Tour Championship. He was the only golfer of the five who started the week with a clear-cut, winning chance of the bonus to keep going forward all through. The rest fell back. If Rory had finished a strong second, he could justify being miffed about the 'lost' 10-million but not now. Fair dues, Sneds. Roll on Medinah!
09.24.2012 | Unregistered CommenterIvan Morris
you don't say :)
09.24.2012 | Unregistered Commenterbeam me up
Congratulations to Sneds! Brandt Snedeker is fun to watch on the course because he is damn good and never stops smiling, perhaps because he knows he is playing a game that yesterday justly awarded him roughly 200x the median yearly family income in the US. In this case what the market will bear found the right man. All good wishes to Tucker Anderson, too. Ghost Jr. played high school golf against Tucker, who is a fine golfer and an even better sportsman. Lots of us out here thinking of you, Tucker and Todd the rest of your family and friends.
09.24.2012 | Unregistered CommenterKLG
Great win....and he doesn't take all day to play.
09.24.2012 | Unregistered CommenterStanley Thompson
Does 2009 feel like a long time ago? I don’t think it’s only Tiger who does – check out where the major champions that year wound up on the 2012 money list:

Angel Cabrera: 173rd
Lucas Glover: 210th
Stewart Cink: 139th
Y.E. Yang: 135th

Strange. I thought golfers had long careers. Anyway, congrats to Sneds!
09.24.2012 | Unregistered CommenterHawkeye
Sneds plays fast and has fun doing so. He is a good guy by all reports. What's not to like about this win?
09.24.2012 | Unregistered Commentertaffy
Great win by a seemingly very likable man. It was great to see him go out and WIN, while the Chokea Cola players were falling back. That chip in on 17 was just awesome, and I must say, thoughts of Van deVelde scared my mind more than a little at 18. Whew!

All the best for his friend; he and his family and friends are in my thoughts and prayers.
09.24.2012 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
You gotta love that jab/stab stroke with the putter. That's the mark of some real ballsy confidence. Hope he keeps it up this week!
09.24.2012 | Unregistered Commentertlavin
Great win ... cool winner too, lots of intensity, plays like a freakin' demon. A fellow SIS member to boot.

Congrats Sneds.
09.24.2012 | Unregistered CommenterPepperdine

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