Snedeker takes Tour Championship, $10 million bonus
23 Sep 2012 - 23:17:33
American Brandt Snedeker won the US PGA Tour Championship and claimed a $10 million bonus for capturing the tour season playoff title after firing a two-under par 68 in Sunday's final round.
Snedeker was among five players, including 14-time major winner Tiger Woods and World No. 1 Rory McIlroy, who led in playoff points and could have claimed the playoff crown and bonus money simply with a victory in the 30-man showdown.
In addition to the rich playoff prize, Snedeker won the $1.44 million top prize for winning the Tour Championship.
Snedeker finished 72 holes on 10-under par 270 to defeat Britain's Justin Rose by three strokes with Britain's Luke Donald and American Ryan Moore sharing third on 274 and American Webb Simpson fifth on 275.
World No. 2 Woods, the 2007 and 2009 playoff champion, fired a 72 to finish in a share of eighth on 278. McIlroy, who won two prior playoff series events, shot 74 to finish in a share of 10th on 279.
Snedeker, who began the day sharing the lead with Rose, birdied the par-4 third from eight feet and stayed ahead of Rose even after a double bogey at the par-3 sixth when Rose made bogeys at the fifth and sixth.
Snedeker, 31, birdied the par-4 eighth but Rose, 32, answered with a birdie at the par-3 11th to keep the pressure on the American, who stretched his lead with a birdie at the par-4 13th and after both men birdied the par-5 15th.
At the 17th, Snedeker, found the right rough avoiding water to the left and blasted his approach short of the green.
He followed with a 27-foot chip in for birdie, pumping his left fist in celebration, while Rose took a bogey and fell four strokes off the pace as both men walked to the par-3 18th tee.
Snedeker sent his tee shot over the green near a grandstand but chipped onto the green, missed a long par putt and settled for a bogey that still brought him the biggest victory of his career.