Category: Brandt Snedeker

November 05, 2013

Brandt Snedeker injures his knee falling off a Segway

Posted at 10:18 AM by Josh Sens

BrandtThe knee bone is not connected to the rib bone, but Brandt Snedeker has now had problems with both.

The 32-year-old has been forced to withdraw from this week's Australian PGA Championship after hurting his knee falling off a Segway, according to the AP.

Brandt Snedeker injured his left leg when he lost his balance and landed awkwardly when he hopped off a Segway in China.

Snedeker was at a corporate outing at Sheshan International on Monday when he injured himself. He immediately withdrew from the Australian PGA Championship and returned home to Nashville. Doctors say he bruised his left tibia and strained the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.

Snedeker says surgery will not be required. He says his injuries could heal in a couple of weeks, or it might take as much as two months. He is scheduled to play the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge in California on Dec. 5-8, and the Franklin Templeton Shootout a week later in Florida.

The injury is the latest problem to beset the 2012 FedEx Cup champ, who missed five weeks early this year with a cracked rib and a strained intracostal muscle. Snedeker, who has battled rib problems for much of his career, was eventually diagnosed with "low bone turnover"---a condition in which the bones fail to regenerate at a normal pace, leaving them brittle and vulnerable to fracture.

Snedeker has started taking medicine to remedy that problem. But now there is the knee.

In addition to derailing Snedeker on his way to his second event of the season, the injury robs the Australian PGA Championship of its second highest-ranked player. Reigning Masters champ Adam Scott, ranked No. 2 in the world, is also in the field.

"The most important thing is of course Brandt's health, said Brian Thorburn, chief executive officer of the PGA of Australia. "Brandt is a player who is held in very high regard wherever he goes, and while we're obviously disappointed he won't be playing this week, our thoughts are with him and we wish him a speedy recovery."

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August 11, 2013

Video: Snedeker hits wedge shots at Golf Channel reporter

Posted at 11:33 AM by

We knew Golf Channel reporter Steve Sands could think on his feet. Now we know that he's pretty fast on his feet too. During Sands' Golf Channel report from the range at the PGA Championship, Brandt Snedeker began hitting soft wedge shots in Sands' direction. While Sneds didn't score a direct hit, he certainly got inside Sands' head. Check it out:

July 30, 2013

Snedeker: Mahans will get 'very nice baby gift'

Posted at 11:19 AM by Scooby Axson


When Hunter Mahan withdrew from the third round of the Canadian Open last weekend, Brandt Snedeker knew his chances of winning the tournament had increased.  

Snedeker trailed Mahan by 10 shots when Mahan left for Dallas to be with his wife for the birth of their first child, but Snedeker ended up winning by three shots. 

In some small part, Snedeker can thank Zoe Olivia Mahan, who was born early Sunday, for the win and said he has some big plans for his $1 million prize. 

"Zoe will be getting a very nice baby gift from me," Snedeker said to the Golf Channel.

Snedeker, who became the fourth player on Tour to win multiple events in 2013, knows what Mahan went through, because he withdrew from the 2011 Honda Open to be there for the birth of his first daughter, Lily.  

"It was the best decision I ever made. I'm sure Hunter would say the same thing," he said. 


June 16, 2013

Brandt Snedeker doesn't think U.S. Open should return to Merion

Posted at 10:30 PM by Coleman McDowell

SnedekerARDMORE, Pa. -- Like a child who outgrows his first pair of expensive tennis shoes, Snedeker thinks the U.S. Open has gotten too big for vintage Merion.

"As great as this week was, I think the U.S. Open has kind of moved past one of these venues," said Snedeker, who finished at 10-over par, good for 17th place. "It's been great to be part of it. I love the history here, but there's so much more that goes in a U.S. Open than just golf. I don't think it is unless something happens drastically in the next ten years where they're able to move some stuff around or redo the routing around here. We had some problems here."

Snedeker, seventh overall in the World Ranking, was a rare exception in the otherwise overwhelming support among pros for a return trip to Merion. Snedeker added that the golfers had help for handling the logistics. It was the fans who suffered from the smaller venue.

"Only letting 15,000 people experience this championship is probably on the low end," Snedeker said. "It would be great to see 40,000 or 50,000 fans out there to enjoy it. I thought they did the best with what they had. It was just from an infrastructure standpoint, it's just lacking a few things. And they did the best with what they could, and they used homes. They did what they could to make this the best way possible and it ran great."

Snedeker re-emphasized that none of the players complained about the setup, but the tournament had outgrown venues like Merion.

"Just from an infrastructure standpoint, from a fan standpoint, from a global marketing standpoint, I feel like this tournament needs more space to put on a championship in the right way," Snedeker said.

(Photo: Robert Beck / Sports Illustrated)

November 16, 2012

Truth & Rumors: Snedeker joins call for the long-putter ban

Posted at 12:08 PM by Samantha Glover

Sneds_forwebFedEx Cup champion Brandt Snedeker joined the chorus in support of a ban on "anchored" long putters and belly putters in an appearance on Golf Channel's "Morning Drive" show.

"I've got no problem with longer putters if you want to make sure they're not anchored; I've just got a problem with anchoring.

"There's a reason why guys that have belly putters use them – they work," he continued. "If they didn't work, they wouldn't use them."

"Anchored" refers to swinging the putter around a fixed pivot point. Someone who uses a long putter but swings it like a normal putter--Angel Cabrera, for example -- would not be affected by a ban on "anchoring" the putter. Snedeker, one of the best conventional putters on Tour right now, cited concern for the future of the game and upholding the traditions of golf as his main reasons for supporting the ban:

"I think it's the influx of junior golfers using belly putters," he noted. "There's a whole generation of kids right now that are growing up playing golf, never using a short putter. Is that keeping with the traditions of the game?"

Snedeker was sympathetic toward players who would be hurt by a ban. But, as the saying goes, you can't make an omelet without breaking a few eggs:

"Their charge is protecting the game of golf, not making sure it's OK for Tour players," he added. "What's best for the game of golf might hurt a couple guys in the short run, but it might benefit the game in the long run."

[PHOTO: Brandt Snedeker at the 2012 Deutsche Bank Championship, Associated Press photo]
October 02, 2012

SI Golf Ranking: McIlroy still No. 1, Poulter jumps to No. 5

Posted at 10:24 AM by

Each week, 13 staffers from SI Golf+, Golf Magazine and  SI-Golf-RANKINGvote for  their top 10, awarding 10 points to their first choice and proceeding in descending order to the 10th player, who gets one point. The points are then added and the ranking calculated. This ranking aims to be an of-the-moment measure of who’s playing the best right now. Tell us your top 10 in the comments field below.


1. Rory McIlroy (122, 12, 1) - Last three finishes: 3-2-0, Ryder Cup; T10, TOUR Championship; 1, BMW Championship
-Official World Golf Ranking: 1

2. Tiger Woods (88, 0, 2) - Last three finishes: 0-3-1, Ryder Cup; 8, TOUR Championship; T4, BMW Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking: 2

3. Jason Dufner (72, 0, T4) - Last three finishes: 3-1-0, Ryder Cup; T20, TOUR Championship; T28, BMW Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking: 10

4. Keegan Bradley (67, 0, 6) - Last three finishes: 3-1-0, Ryder Cup; T23, TOUR Championship; T59, BMW Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking: 15

5. Ian Poulter (62, 1, -) - Last three finishes: 4-0-0, Ryder Cup; T12, BMW Championship; T47, Deutsche Bank Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking: 26

6. Luke Donald (45, 0, 8) - Last three finishes: 2-2-0, Ryder Cup; 3, TOUR Championship; T28, BMW Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking : 3

T7. Dustin Johnson (44, 0, T4) - Last three finishes: 3-0-0, Ryder Cup; T10, TOUR Championship, T6, BMW Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking: 13

T7. Brandt Snedeker (44, 0, 3) - Last three finishes: 1-2-0, Ryder Cup; 1, TOUR Championship; T37, BMW Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking: 9

9. Phil Mickelson (41, 0, 7) - Last three finishes: 3-1-0, Ryder Cup; T15, TOUR Championship; T2, BMW Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking : 16

T10. Justin Rose (22, 0, 12) - Last three finishes: 3-2-0, Ryder Cup; 2, TOUR Championship; T16, BMW Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking: 5

T10. Bubba Watson (22, 0, 10) - Last three finishes: 2-2-0, Ryder Cup; T5, TOUR Championship; T12, BMW Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking : 7

Others receiving votes:
Zach Johnson (13)
Webb Simpson (12)
Ernie Els (11)
Graeme McDowell (10)
Nicolas Colsaerts (9)
Sergio Garcia (8)
Lee Westwood (8)
Louis Oosthuizen (7)
Jim Furyk (5)
Nick Watney (1)
Davis Love III (1)

September 28, 2012

Truth & Rumors: Snedeker aims to 'beat their brains in'

Posted at 11:41 AM by Mark Dee

Ah, the playful, figurative violence of golf trash talk. It seems to pop its head up biennially, and, even though the captains have said they expects a friendly few walks around Medinah, players are giving Chicago fans what they want.

ESPN UK has been chronicling the talk, which, as usual, begins with Europe's fiery Ryder Cup imp, Ian Poulter, who said he wants to "kill" opponents once he steps on the course.

American rookie Brandt Snedeker went on to raise Poulter with a zombie-inspired taunt of his own, again via ESPN UK:

"I'm very, very competitive," said the Nashville native. "People don't get that, because I'm polite. But when I tee it up on Friday here, or tee it up against anybody, I'm going to try to beat their brains in as bad as I can."

He may be a rookie, but he has the rhetoric down.

September 25, 2012

Ryder Cup Twitter roundup: Best tweets from players, WAGs and celebrities

Posted at 9:44 AM by

Players from both teams enjoy the days before competition begins:

Many of the players wives and girlfriends (WAGs) will be in attendance this week:

Celebs and fellow golfers share their Ryder Cup excitement and show their support:

Fans arrive to the course for practice rounds and the U.S. Past Captain/Celebrity Scramble:

RyderIG Ryderinsta1 Ryderinsta2 Ryderyfrog1

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Both U.S. and Europe team members express their excitement for the week as they arrive in Chigago:

Everyone on the plane to Chicago for RYDER CUP........... Yeh #Avit

— Ian Poulter (@IanJamesPoulter) September 24, 2012

Let's go USA! So pumped for the Ryder Cup. Out at Medina right now!

— Dustin Johnson (@DJohnsonPGA) September 24, 2012

Just landed in Chicago. Enroute to team hotel. To say I'm excited is an understatement. Team get together this evening. #itbegins#Europe

— Graeme McDowell (@Graeme_McDowell) September 24, 2012

Just landed in Chicago!! #RyderCup

— bubba watson (@bubbawatson) September 24, 2012

Rory McIlroy looks back at his favorite moments from the 2010 Ryder Cup:

Rory McIlroy on WhoSay
September 23, 2012

Brandt Snedeker wins Tour Championship, FedEx Cup and $11.44 million

Posted at 5:51 PM by

Brandt-snedeker-tour-championship-2012Brandt Snedeker collected $11.44 million on Sunday at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta when he won both the Tour Championship and the FedEx Cup.

Snedeker shot two-under 68 to finish 10 under and hold off a star-studded field in Atlanta. The tournament earned Snedeker $1.44 million and gave him the FedEx Cup points title, worth another $10 million. Before Sunday, Snedeker had earned $14.6 million in his six-year career.

Despite a double bogey at the long par-3 sixth, where nine of the 30 players in the field found the water with their tee shots, Snedeker seemed to be in total control all day. He made five birdies in the final round, including a chip-in at the par-4 17th. Justin Rose finished second at seven under.

"I had complete confidence in what I was doing,'' Snedeker said.

Rory McIlroy, the No. 1 player in the world who had won three of his last four tournaments and two playoff events in a row, struggled on Sunday, shooting 39 on the front nine with a double bogey at the sixth. His four-over 74 left him one under for the tournament and second in the FedEx standings.

Tiger Woods also made double at No. 6, part of a front-nine 38 that knocked him out of contention. He finished with two-over 72 on Sunday and was two under for the tournament, third in FedEx points.

This is the sixth year of the FedEx Cup playoffs. Woods has won it twice, in 2007 and 2009; Vijay Singh won in 2008; Jim Furyk in 2010; and Bill Haas in 2011.

Snedeker's win also validated his selection by captain Davis Love to the United States Ryder Cup team. He'll join 11 other American players for the biennial competition against Europe, which will be held this Friday through Sunday at Medinah Country Club outside Chicago.

Related: Leaderboard | FedEx Cup Winners | Tiger Woods career gallery | Rory McIlroy career gallery

Photo: Carlos M. Saavedra/SI

September 05, 2012

Truth & Rumors: Davis Love's Ryder Cup picks too personal?

Posted at 11:27 AM by Mark Dee

We know how this works by now. Davis Love picks four of the best American golfers in the world. We cry doom and injustice that he didn't pick one of the other best American golfers in the world. Then, we watch the Ryder Cup: If his guys win, Love's a golfing Bill Belichick; if they lose, he's Josh McDaniels.

Until then, though, let the rampant and unchecked speculation begin.

The most curious cry coming across the interwebs is this: Did Davis Love pick with his heart and not with his head? John Feinstein at The Golf Channel and ESPN's Michael Collins seem to think so. Both allege cronyism.

Feinstein, immediately after prefacing his thought by saying no one should accuse Love of "playing favorites," does just that, questioning the pick of Brandt Snedeker:

No one would ever accuse Love, one of the game’s good guys, of playing favorites but it’s worth pointing out that Snedeker and Love are both represented by the same company. Snedeker is part of what is known on Tour as the “Sea Island mafia,” – players like Love, Snedeker, Zach Johnson, Matt Kuchar and Jonathan Byrd who all live in Sea Island, Ga.

Another Golf Channel guy, Rex Hoggard, whose article features some great in-the-war-room color, quotes assistant Captain Mike Hulbert as saying that Love was thrilled to make his last phone call to Snedeker. "“He was most excited for Snedeker,” Hulbert told Hoggard. “Davis was pacing around the room he was so happy for him.”

Of course, it would be more fun to call a guy you picked than the five or six you didn't. According to Hoggard, Love called everyone in consideration: Hunter Mahan, the last man left on the bubble, Rickie Fowler, Nick Watney, Bill Haas, Bo Van Pelt…all the way down to Robert Garrigus. All of this happened late in the game, too: Love, according to Hulbert, was still 50/50 on his last pick until 6:45 on Monday night.

Meanwhile, Michael Collins is skeptical of another pick. He (quite adamantly) thinks that Love's selection of his friend Jim Furyk -- a surprise pick to many golf fans, based on his recent poor performances under pressure -- was the example of heart-clouding-head.

"Congratulations Captain Love, you made three really solid picks," Collins said on "But one of them? You made a mistake. You chose a friend, over business, and that may cost us the Ryder Cup."

Collins makes his case in the video below:

I'm sure all parties involved will have a great time asking and answering questions about this over the next few weeks. The Ryder Cup hype machine is motoring along at full bore. And sorry, FedEx, your Cup is going to get caught in its long shadow.

Photos: The U.S. Ryder Cup Team | The European Team
Related: 2012 Ryder Cup Preview

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