By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
LAKE FOREST, Ill. --In case anyone forgot, Brandt Snedeker is the other co-leader at the BMW Championship.
Not that the defending FedExCup champion minded moving below the radar of Jim Furyk's 59 and Tiger Woods' two-stroke penalty.
"I guess my job now is to make sure that everybody forgets about (Furyk's 59) by Sunday," said Snedeker, who shot a second-round 68 and is 11 under.
If there was anyone who needed a week off coming into the BMW Championship, it was Snedeker. He had played seven straight weeks and has battled through a rib injury for much of the season.
In his first two Playoffs events, Snedeker missed the cut and tied for 47th. Then came the off week.
"I feel great," Snedeker said. "It should be a lot of fun this weekend."
Through his first two rounds at Conway Farms, Snedeker, who will play with Furyk in the day's final pairing at 12:50 p.m. ET, missed just eight fairways and a dozen greens. He has also taken 22 and 26 putts each of the first two days.
"The biggest thing is here if you drive the ball in the fairway and you roll in the putts, you can make a lot of birdies here," said Snedeker, who has 13 of them and is second in the field in strokes gained-putting.
As for Furyk's 59?
"I had no clue," he said. "And then on 18 I saw a Jumbotron that he needed a birdie on the last hole to shoot 59, and I thought, what the heck, are you serious? On a day like this when the wind is blowing 20 miles an hour out of the north, I don't think anybody out here saw that score coming."
LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Brandt Snedeker has birdied seven straight holes to open a two-stroke lead at the BMW Championship.
Snedeker's streak started at the 13th hole when he made a 14-footer. Birdies from 15, 8, 10, 37, 6 and 18 feet followed.
The streak matched the best sub-par stretch of Snedeker's career when he went 7 under for seven holes on the North Course at Torrey Pines during the 2007 Buick Invitational.
Mark Calcavecchia holds the PGA TOUR mark for consecutive birdies of nine during the 2009 Canadian Open.
Snedeker has seven holes remaining -- five par 4s, one par 3 and one par 5 -- as he stalks the course record of 62 and a potential 59.
By Sean Martin, PGATOUR.COM
Conway Farms Golf Club may be hosting its first PGA TOUR event this week, but the site of the BMW Championship has held its share of prestigious amateur tournaments, including the NCAA Championship, Western Amateur and multiple USGA events and qualifiers.
Most of the BMW Championship’s 70-man field will be seeing Conway Farms for the first time, but a handful of competitors have played the course in those amateur competitions. Here’s how players in the BMW field fared in past events at Conway Farms:
2009 WESTERN AMATEUR
SEMIFINALS: Zach Barlow def. Patrick Reed, 3 and 2
QUARTERFINALS: Patrick Reed def. Andrea Pavan, 2 up
ROUND OF 16: Patrick Reed def. Dylan Frittelli, 4 and 3
T2. Patrick Reed, 69-70-71-71-- 281
45. Harris English, 75-70-77-78--300
2008 U.S. OPEN SECTIONAL QUALIFYING
T2. Chris Kirk, 68-71--139
T2. D.A. Points, 69-70--139
15. Daniel Summerhays, 75-69--144
(Note: Kirk and Points qualified for U.S. Open.)
2006 CANON CUP
Peter Uihlein (East) def. Rickie Fowler (West), 5 and 4
Patrick Reed (East) def. Kyle Stanley (West), 5 and 4
2002 CANON CUP
Henry Liaw (West) def. Roberto Castro (East), 5 and 4
Chris Kirk (East) def. Randy Lowry (West), 6 and 5
Andrew Dresser (West) def. Webb Simpson (East), 2 and 1
(Note: Canon Cup is a team, match-play competition conducted by the AJGA, pitting teams from each side of the Mississippi River against each other.)
1998 U.S. JUNIOR
FIRST ROUND: Tom Johnson def. Brandt Snedeker, 4 and 2
(Note: Aaron Baddeley, who did not qualify for the BMW, was medalist and runner-up.)
1997 NCAA Championship
T6. Rory Sabbatini (Arizona), 71-72-73-68--284
MC. Jason Dufner (Auburn), 75-71--146
MC. Zach Johnson (Drake), 81-69--150
MC. Matt Kuchar (Georgia Tech)*, 77-76--153
*-played as individual
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
NORTON, Mass. -- The early pace has been set by Phil Mickelson. Now the question is can anyone from the afternoon wave catch him?
Here's a look at who and what to keep an eye on this afternoon from TPC Boston (all times ET):
Luke Donald, 12:22 p.m.: The once No. 1 player in the world and top-10 machine has just four top 10s this year, but he has had success here, finishing second in 2010 and third in 2011.
Sergio Garcia, 12:22 p.m.: Five years ago, Garcia finished fifth at TPC Boston. This year, he comes in looking for his first top 10 since THE PLAYERS Championship. At 59th in the FedExCup standings, however, he is safe for getting into the BMW Championship.
Rory McIlroy, 12:46 p.m.: What a difference a year makes. Last season, McIlroy was on top of the world and would win here and at the BMW Championship. This time he's just hoping to salvage what has been a mostly lost season. TPC Boston suits him well and this week could be telling.
Jason Day, Webb Simpson, 12:46p.m.: Day is playing with a sore wrist, but he has a good history here with a runner-up in 2010 and a third-place finish the following year. Likewise with Simpson, who won here in 2011.
Steve Stricker, Charl Schwartzel, 12:58 p.m.: This week marks Stricker's first Playoffs event of the year, while Schwartzel is making just his third appearance at TPC Boston (he's never finished in the top 20).
Matt Kuchar, Justin Rose, Brandt Snedeker, 1:10 p.m.: Rose nearly forced a playoff last week before finishing one back of winner Adam Scott. Snedeker, meanwhile, is trying to regain his early-season form as he tries to become the first player to win back-to-back FedExCups.
Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler, 1:10 p.m.: Given Johnson's length, TPC Boston sets up well for him. Twice he has finished in the top 5 here. Fowler, meanwhile, is coming off a top 10 last week.
Ernie Els, 1:34 p.m.: The Big Easy is on the outside looking in at 91st in the FedExCup standings. In the FedExCup era, Els has never not made it to at least the BMW Championship.
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
Before beginning his defense of the FedExCup title, Brandt Snedeker made a visit to Atlanta to promote the final event of the FedExCup Playoffs, the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola.
Snedeker visited Coca-Cola's headquarters on Monday. PGATOUR.COM's Brian Wacker accompanied Snedeker on the trip and will file periodic reports and photos throughout the day. (All photos by Brian Wacker)
Snedeker enjoys the archives room at Coca-Cola.
Snedeker holds one of the Olympic torches uses for the games in Atlanta.
Snedeker gets a look at the original blueprints for the Coca-Cola bottle.
Snedeker at a news conference to promote the TOUR Championship.
Snedeker and his agent, Jimmy Johnston, pose with the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola trophy and a special traveling FedExCup trophy at CNN Center in Atlanta.
Snedeker also made the rounds on CNN's World Sport, filmed at CNN Center.
Who’s was the best PGA TOUR player in July? You can determine the winner.
Fans can vote online at PGATOUR.COM for one of four players nominated for their outstanding play the previous month by a panel of national media.
The four nominees for July are: Jordan Spieth, Woody Austin, Phil Mickelson and Brandt Snedeker.
The voting ends on Sunday at 6 p.m. ET, and the player with the most votes will be named the PGA TOUR Player of the Month. In addition, Avis, the “Official Rental Car Company” of the PGA TOUR, will present the winner with a $50,000 check payable to his charity of choice.
Results will be posted next Wednesday on PGATOUR.COM.
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Brandt Snedeker won last week's RBC Canadian Open.
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
AKRON, Ohio -- The penguins were the highlight. The otters, too. But Lily Snedeker was disappointed there were no giraffes for her to see during a trip with her dad Brandt to the Akron Zoo.
Family excursions like the one the Snedekers took on Tuesday help keep the patriarch of the clan sane during a grueling stretch that will see him play nine straight tournaments, as well as The Presidents Cup. Granted, there are two off weeks during that stretch but its still a lot to wrap your clubs around.
"PGA TOUR has a tournament, I'm going to play the rest of the year pretty much," Snedeker said with a smile. "I'm playing the rest, and no concern at all. I'm being really smart about practice and taking time away."
He's also playing extremely well. Snedeker's stretch started at The Open Championship where he tied for 11th and he followed that up by flying across the Atlantic and picking up his second victory of the season -- and the sixth of his career -- at the RBC Canadian Open.
"Obviously feeling pretty good right now after last week to play the way I did, especially ... being affiliated with RBC was putting a little more pressure on myself, to be able to rise to the occasion and play great golf on the weekend," Snedeker said. "And the big thing is now to maintain that momentum coming into this week."
To prepare for this stretch run, Snedeker only played once in May and once between the U.S. Open and The Open Championship. So on the eve of the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational, he's rested and prepared.
"Made sure I was working on the right stuff, that we had a clear game plan of what we were going to do these last nine events, eight events, and start to execute it, which is nice," Snedeker said.
While other players face a busy schedule with this week's World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational and PGA Championship followed by the FedExCup Playoffs, though, Snedeker adds to his by playing in the regular-season finale at the Wyndham Championship. He won his first PGA TOUR event in Greensboro and Wyndham is another of his sponsors.
Of course, Snedeker played the same schedule a year ago and ended up winning the FedExCup and its $10 million bonus so "it worked out pretty well," he said. "Hopefully I can do it again this year."
Snedeker, who didn't touch a club on Monday or Tuesday, feels his game is nearly at the same level it was at the start of the season when he won the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am and finished second or third three other times in his first five starts. A rib injury halted that momentum but the affable Tennessean feels he's "close."
"Beginning of the year, I was driving the ball fantastic and I was hitting a lot of greens and hitting my irons fantastic," Snedeker said. "I felt like I haven't been able to piece that together like I was early in the year.
"Last week my iron play was phenomenal, but I didn't drive the ball particularly well. I got really lucky last week a lot, and then to do that this week is not going to be successful. I've got to hit fairways this week. There's no way around it.
"If I can just kind of get that mentality of my driver that I've had with my irons the last couple weeks, everything should be pretty good."