Date: November 01, 2007
Author: Steve Orme

Snedeker eyes Australian Open glory

Leading PGA Tour rookie-of-the-year candidate Brandt Snedeker will be among the strong international contingent to contest the MFS Australian Open in Sydney next month. Snedeker excelled in his maiden season to finish 20th in the inaugural Fed Ex Cup competition and currently sits at 17th on the money list. The 26-year-old will play two events in Japan in the lead up to the Australian Open before returning to Australian soil with high expectations. “I&aposm very much looking forward to compete and like I said when I get down there I feel like I&aposm going to be fresh,” Snedeker said. “I&aposm working hard right now I&aposve taken about five or six weeks off to relax and now I&aposm working with (swing coach) Todd Anderson really trying to get ready for these next four weeks.” “So yes I am looking forward to coming down there to try to win the golf tournament.” Snedeker&aposs only previous Australian experience saw him contest the Jacobs Creek Open Championship during his time on the Nationwide Tour – America&aposs secondary tour. But with his PGA Tour playing privileges secured for the next two seasons Snedeker is now planning a global assault. “Part of the appeal (to play in Australia) was just because I had such a great experience when I was down there on the Nationwide Tour,” he enthused. “They&aposre strong fields down there and I&aposm really, really trying to pad my world ranking points so that I can get into some of the bigger tournaments around the world and make myself more appealing to some of these world-wide events.” “I&aposm young and the travel is not going to bother me as much as someone in their late thirties or early forties.” PGA Tour members Jason Gore, Will Mackenzie and Kevin Stadler round out the American contingent at the 2007 MFS Australian Open, to be contested at Sydney&aposs Australian Golf Club from December 13-16.