By now we've all pretty much figured out that Brandt $nedeker isn't about to blow his newly earned fortune ($11 million and change) on anything crazy. No new high- end vehicles; he's just fine with with his four year old Yukon Denali (only 24,000 miles). Just can't see Brandt buzzing around in a new Ferrari (no offense Ian Poulter) or blowing it at the craps tables in Vegas. Good for him.
At 31, Brandt is finally realizing his dreams of being recognized as one of the world's top players and he isn't about to forget the mountain he climbed to get there. And, as is frequently pointed out, he is good for the game of golf in the pace of his play. He does not get caught up in obsessing about wind direction and wind speed, rarely if ever backs off or second guesses on putts (are you reading Jim Furyk and Keegan Bradley?) and is in control of his emotions. More kids should emulate his style and pace of play.
Of course, his triumph at East Lake Golf Club will only heighten expectations for the upcoming Ryder Cup. How heavily will Captain Love lean on Snedeker? Who will Love pair Snedeker with? What Team USA members want to be paired with him? The list of questions is as long as the combined length of the putts Sneds dropped the last four days.
And so, we turn to the numbers and look at some key stats Snedeker registered in his victory. We wrote of his stats after the third round and he continued with his mastery again on Sunday. Here are the key numbers after completion of the tournament:
Number 1 in Birdies: 20
Number 2 in Driving Accuracy: 66.1%
Number 1 in Strokes Gained-Putting
Number 2 in Putts Per Round: 27.5
Number 3 in Putts Per Greens in Regulation
Number 7 in Greens in Regulation
Tied 1st in Sand Saves: 100%
Let's turn now to the lower end of the field and a disappointing last place finish by Lee Westwood. Interesting to note that I was watching internet feed and in an interview Westwood admitted that he took money from Nick Watney in their pairing. Westwood still picked up a half million dollars in bonus money for placing 10th in the overall Fedex standings Westwood's numbers for the Tour Championship:
Number 30 in total Pars
Tied 18th in Birdies
Number 30 in Stroked Gained-Putting
Number 30 in Putts per Round (33)
Ties 28th in Putts per GIR
Tied 18th in GIR
Tied 26th in Sand Saves
Some other key numbers from the Tour Championship and/or the Fedex Cup Playoff events:
*Snedeker ranked 18th of 30 in Driving Distance.
*Of the top five finishers Snedeker, #2Justin Rose, #3 Luke Donald, #4 Ryan Moore, and tied for #5Webb Simpson and Bubba Watson, only Watson finished in the top half (15th or better) in the Driving Distance category and, of course, he was numero uno in yardage off tee.
*Tiger did well on Par 5's this week as he managed birdies in 7 of 8 attempts. We wrote about his struggles on par 5's this year which you can read here.
*Dustin Johnson was the only player to finish in top 10 in all four playoff events.
*Rory McIlroy was 28th in driving accuracy for the Tour Championship.
And finally today, I hope Steve Stricker is getting some help on his putting this week ahead of the Ryder Cup. Captain Love raved about Strick's putting ability when he made his selections back on September 4th. And, to be fair, putting is usually a strong part of his game. My concern is his performance this past week. Here are the numbers. If you're rooting for Team USA, these numbers may be cause for concern.
Strokes Gained-Putting: 29th
Putts Per Round: 28th
Putts Per GIR: 28th
GIR: Tied 2d
Back tomorrow with Ryder Cup stuff. Thanks for reading.