By Tim Letcher
SEC Digital Network
ATLANTA, Ga. - Former Vanderbilt golfer Brandt Snedeker had a day to remember on Sunday. Snedeker shot a 2-under-68 to win the PGA Tour Championship, and, in the process, also climbed to the top of the standings for the season-long FedEx Cup, claiming the $10 million prize.
Snedeker entered this week's event at East Lake as one of five players that controlled their own destiny. Meaning, if any of those five won the Tour Championship, they would also claim the FedEx Cup, no matter what any other player did.
Snedeker beat England's Justin Rose by three shots in the Tour Championship, and he edged world number one Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland in the FedEx Cup race.
"I had complete confidence in what I was doing," Snedeker said after the round. His confidence showed all week, especially on the greens where his stellar putting moved him to the top of the leaderboard on Saturday.
Snedeker, who was recently named as a captain's pick to the 2012 United States Ryder Cup team, showed why captain Davis Love III picked him, beating out many of the world's best golfers for one of the sport's top prizes.
It wasn't all great for Snedeker in Sunday's final round. On the par-3 sixth hole, he deposited his tee shot in the water, and took a double bogey. However, Snedeker showed the same resolve he showed all week by dropping a 40-foot birdie putt on the eighth hole. And when he sunk a 20-foot putt on the 13th hole, he was in control of the Tour Championship, and the FedEx Cup.
In the six-year history of the FedEx Cup, there have now been five winners: Tiger Woods (twice), Jim Furyk, Bill Haas, Vijay Singh and now Snedeker.
Snedeker will now move into the top 10 in the Official World Golf Ranking for the first time in his career. He left East Lake on Sunday with $11.44 million, which was more than he had earned in his entire career going into this season.
It was definitely a day that Snedeker won't soon forget.