September 19 2012
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
ATLANTA -- Nick Watney and Brandt Snedeker came to East Lake this week as two of the five players who control their own destiny. Win the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola on Sunday and they win the FedExCup and its $10 million bonus, too.
But with Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods ranked Nos. 1-2, respectively -- not to mention Greg Norman's talk earlier this week of the Northern Irishman's intimidation factor -- even highly-placed players like Watney and Snedeker have been afforded some degree of anonymity as they ramp up for the Playoffs finale.
Not that they're complaining. Besides, the better Watney and Snedeker play this week, the scrutiny will increase. So why not let McIlroy and Woods remain in the limelight for a while.
"I think first off they definitely deserve it, the top two in
our game and superstars to be sure," Watney said. "I don't know if
there's any advantage because Saturday night will be, if I'm in
that position, I'm sure there will be questions and all the
scenarios will be brought up.
"So I guess it's nice. Starting the event, I'm flying under the radar, and everything is focused on Tiger and Rory, as it should be, so I'll just go about my business and hopefully have a chance come Sunday."
Snedeker, who finished second to Watney in the Playoffs opener at The Barclays and sixth the following week at TPC Boston, likes being able to low-key things in terms of the media blitz right now. That doesn't mean he's not focused on his preparation at East Lake, which he calls one of his favorite courses.
"Obviously, my main goal this year is getting here with a chance to win the FedExCup, and I've accomplished that," Snedeker said. "... I've got just as good a chance as Rory, even though Rory played great the (last) two weeks. If I won this week, doesn't do him a whole lot of good right now. It's a great feeling to have.
"So I have to play well this week, and just kind of hope to fly under the radar until Sunday until I get that trophy, it would be great."