Brandt Snekeder Comes From Behind to Win The Heritage
The golf world was watching The Heritage to see if we would have a new top ranked golfer in the world. We do but it's not Luke Donald. An impressive Sunday performance by Brandt Snedeker. Snedeker recorded nine birdies, including six on the front nine, en route to a 7-under 64.
(Snedeker earned his first win since 2007)The storyline seemed simple: Luke Donald vs. Jim Furyk. All eyes were on Donald coming into the tournament. A win would have given him his second PGA TOUR victory of the season and the number one spot in the Official World Golf Rankings. Taking the lead on Friday and holding it into Sunday, Donald seemed like a sure thing to become the new top ranked player in the world.
Furyk had other plans. He was one stroke back of Donald heading into the final round of an event he won last year. In what has been a difficult 2011 for Furyk, this could have been the shining moment to put him back on the right track. Instead Furyk shot a 5-over, 76, which included two double bogies on 15 and 18. The difficult round dropped Furyk from second to a tie for 21st and left him looking for answers.
Enter Brandt Snedeker. Snedeker came into Sunday six strokes back of Donald and had not won on the PGA TOUR since 2007. He finished his round nearly two hours before Luke Donald and could do nothing but watch as he held the lead. As Donald arrived on the 16th tee, Snedeker took a walk to the driving and then to the putting green. When Donald made par on 18, the two were headed to playoff.
It took three playoff holes but in the end it was Brandt Snedeker taking home the plaid jacket. If Donald is going to become the number one ranked player in the world, it will have to wait. A second place finish was not good enough to move Donald up from the third spot in the world.
A New World #1
As the golf world waited for Luke Donald to become the new #1 ranked player in the world, Lee Westwood was on a quest of his own. A win earlier on Sunday at the Indonesian Open (Asian Tour) meant if Donald came up short, Westwood would overtake Martin Kaymer as the top player in the world once again. As Donald came up short, Westwood reclaimed the top spot.
The PGA TOUR heads to Louisiana for the Zurich Classic where Jason Bohn will look to defend his 2010 title.