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February 1 2012

9:49 PM

Snedeker: Congratulations ‘tempered’

By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Brandt Snedeker understands. He knows the Farmers Insurance Open will probably be remembered more for Kyle Stanley's triple bogey at the 18th hole than for his own playoff victory.

That’s what happened when Robert Garrigus surrendered a three-stroke lead on the final hole of the 2010 St. Jude Classic and Lee Westwood won in a playoff. Ditto for Jean van de Velde’s collapse at the 1999 British Open that paved the way for Paul Lawrie’s win.

And Snedeker is fine with that.

"This has definitely been a weird week because it's been a tempered congratulations," Snedeker said. "I think everybody feels for Kyle, and I think it's probably more the story this week than me winning with the way that Kyle lost. So it's been kind of a weird thing to deal with.
   
"But that's the great thing about the PGA TOUR and golf is as great as last week was, come Thursday morning it's not going to matter a bit.  It's a new golf tournament, a new course, and I've got to get my mind ready to play, and I feel like my game is really good, so I'm excited about teeing off tomorrow morning."

Snedeker, who is making his sixth start in Phoenix, hasn't seen Stanley yet this week. When he does, he hopes to take a few minutes and talk to him.

"I saw his press conference yesterday ... and looks like he's in good spirits and everything is going the right direction, so he certainly has plenty of game,” Snedeker said. "He'll certainly be back out here winning ... hopefully before the next couple tournaments he'll be up there again because the way he played over the weekend was fantastic."

Snedeker has similar goals at TPC Scottsdale this week. He’s currently second in the FedExCup and has a tie  for eighth at the Humana Challenge to go along with Sunday's victory. He wants to ride the momentum as best he can.

"Last week is gone now," Snedeker said. "After playing today, great as it was last week, exciting as it was for me on Sunday night, this week is a whole new week and I know I'm playing great, and the hardest thing for me to do is getting focused ready to play tomorrow. It's a whole new grind, a whole new 72-hole tournament. 

"What great players do when they're playing well, they keep playing well, and I've got to figure out how to do that.  I haven't been real successful at it before, but I feel like I can be now."

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