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Brandt Snedeker, Vanderbilt alumn, FedEx Cup Champion. In that order.
On the same day the Vanderbilt Men's Golf Team won the Mason Rudolph Championship by 9 strokes on their home course, Vanderbilt alumnus Brandt Snedeker won the Tour Championship today, clinching the FedEx Cup points championship.
Snedeker rode his trademark putting, which is among the very best on the tour, along with a great accuracy all weekend from the tee, to his biggest career win ever, two trophies and $11.4 million in total prizes.
Co-leader entering the day at -8, Snedeker stretched his lead with birdies 13 and 15 before hitting a huge chip-in birdie on 17 giving him a safe 4-shot lead heading to the par 3 18th hole.
Sneds victory lap was not without a few nerves as his tee shot actually went into the grandstand, but as the grandstand is an obstruction, he was granted a penalty-free drop, clearing the way for him to finish with a bogey 4. Brandt finished 10 under for the tournament (-2 on the day), winning by 3 shots.
Sneds was one of five golfers in the 30-man field that could win the FedEx Cup just by winning the Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta. Sneds earned his place in the top five finishing by 2nd, 6th and 37th in the previous 3 FedEx Cup events.
The Tour Championship itself is the biggest single tournament Snedeker has ever won, but it is obviously even bigger given that it clinched the FedEx Cup and it's $10 million dollar check. Added to the $1.4 million dollar payout from the Tour Championship, clearly Sneds may be going up a donation level in the National Commodore Club.
This is Sneds second win of what has been a career year. Earlier this month, he was named as a Captain's pick to the US Ryder Cup team.
The Ryder Cup is next weekend at Medinah right outside of Chicago, and will probably be Brandt's last tournament before a much needed break to enjoy his recent success, his crap-ton of new money, and the upcoming birth of his second child.
In other words, however good your year has been, he's got you beat.