Date: September 24, 2012
Author: Omnisport

Snedeker seals FedEx Cup pay day

Brandt Snedeker has claimed the 2012 FedEx Cup overhauling Rory McIlroy with a three-stroke victory at the Tour Championship. Snedeker entered the Tour Championship in fifth place on the FedEx Cup standings with McIlroy on top but won the final event of the playoffs to take the 2500 points on offer and finish with a winning total of 4100. The 31-year-old American completed a solid final round at East Lake Golf Club on Sunday, carding a two-under 68 to finish on 10 under for the tournament, three shots ahead of England&aposs Justin Rose. Snedeker claimed his first birdie on the third hole but double-bogeyed the 5th after hitting his tee shot into the water, just as McIlroy and Tiger Woods had earlier in the day. A birdie on the 8th gave Snedeker a two-shot lead over Rose and the USA&aposs Ryan Moore. Moore moved into a tie for the lead when he birdied the 11th, 14th and 15th holes but bogeyed the last three to finish four shots behind Snedeker, who claimed three birdies and a bogey on the last hole to win the Tour Championship. Rose finished second on seven under after an inconsistent one-over 71, while Moore and world No.3 Luke Donald finished in a tie for third on six under. Donald stormed home with birdies on the 13th, 15th and 18th holes to score a three-under 67 and climb eight spots on the leaderboard. Webb Simpson carded the equal-best score of the final round to finish tied for fifth with Bubba Watson on five under, while Jim Furyk was two shots further back in seventh. Simpson bogeyed the fourth hole but did not drop another shot in his four-under 66, which was only matched by Hunter Mahan, who shared eighth-place with Tiger Woods on two under overall. McIlroy finished the Tour Championship on one under alongside Dustin Johnson, Matt Kuchar, Bo Van Pelt and Robert Garrigus. It was a tournament to forget for Australians Adam Scott (three over) and John Senden (eight over).