Each week, PGATOUR.COM will take a look at one of the FedExCup contenders in the field and break down his past performances at that week's event, FedExCup history, and potential for success in the 2013 FedExCup chase.
A story of great FedExCup success, then heartbreak, then more success, reigning FedExCup champion Brandt Snedeker returns to the RBC Heritage this week two years removed from his title at Harbour Town Golf Links.
Snedeker has had mixed reviews at Harbour Town since tying for 16th there as a rookie on TOUR in 2007. It was three years, and two missed cuts, before he’d notch another top-20 finsh -- his playoff victory over Luke Donald in 2011. Snedeker followed up that win with a tie for 17th in last year’s edition of the RBC Heritage.
The Vanderbilt grad has experienced similar ups and downs in the FedExCup race. As a rookie in 2007, Snedeker made it all the way to the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola and finished 20th in the final FedExCup standings. It would be four long years before he would get back to East Lake.
The toughest of the near-misses for Snedeker, who has never finished outside the FedExCup top 40, came in 2009. That year, he four-putted the 72nd hole from 12 feet at the BMW Championship to cost himself a trip to East Lake. A two-putt would have netted him a spot in the TOUR Championship.
Redemption, though delayed, was sweet for Snedeker. He finally made it back to East Lake in 2011, then won the TOUR Championship a season ago to hoist the FedExCup. Over the last two Playoffs, Snedeker has five top 10s in eight starts.
Snedeker carried that momentum into the 2013 season where he started as arguably the hottest player in golf. In his first five starts, he posted a win at Pebble Beach, two runner-up finishes and a third-place finish to take the early FedExCup lead.
A rib injury knocked him out of action for better than a month but Snedeker remains in second, behind only Tiger Woods. He displayed glimpses of the early-season form last week when he tied for sixth at the Masters Tournament.
Things look positive moving forward for Snedeker. In addition to this week’s RBC Heritage, there are two more events on the upcoming schedule that Snedeker has previously won (Wyndham Champoinship, TOUR Championship) and four others where he’s notched top-3 finishes.
There will be no shortage of opportunities for Snedeker to build on his strong start for 2013 and become the first FedExCup champion to return to East Lake for a title defense.
|Snedeker's FedExCup finishes|
|Snedeker's RBC Heritage results, FedExCup standings|