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September 23 2012

5:59 PM

And they’re all off….

ATLANTA – Brandt Snedeker and Justin Rose have just hit their opening tee shots in the final round of the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola.

Both drives bounced down the right side of the fairway with Snedeker finding the first cut and Rose’s ball settling 13 yards closer to the green. But even with the FedExCup looming large, it should be a comfortable pairing for the two.

Rose calls Snedeker, who came into the week ranked fifth in the FedExCup, a “great competitor.” The two friends played a practice round together earlier this week.

“He thinks very smartly about his game,” Rose said. “He understands how to harness his putter. He understands how to use the rest of his game to give himself the best chance on the greens. His caddie and my caddie are best friends pretty much out here on tour. They room together a lot.

“So from that perspective, it's going to be a comfortable pairing and that could help both of us in some sense. … He's tough, there is no doubt. That is the thing when you play someone like Brandt, if he's 15 feet for par, he's not out of the hole, and that's what makes him tough to play against.

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