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July 19 2013

4:30 PM

Snedeker collapses on back nine

Snedeker shot 43 over his final nine holes Friday. (Franklin/Getty Images)

At one point Friday, Brandt Snedeker was within a stroke of the lead at The Open Championship.

By the time the round ended, he was eight back.

Snedeker shot a second-round 79, playing his final nine holes in 43, to tumble down the leaderboard at Muirfield, where instead of entering the weekend in contention, he's in a tie for 39th.

Like most everyone else, Snedeker struggled with the difficult conditions. His troubles began on the 10th hole, where he made double bogey, and only got worse as the round wore on.

A bogey on 13.

Another on 14.

Then on 15, Snedeker four-putted for a triple-bogey 7.

"Everything is dead," he said. "You've got fairways that are running 15 in some spots. You can't stand up, you can slip. It's just really, really firm."

The final blow for Snedeker came on 18, where he made double bogey to complete what was an 11-shot swing from the day before.

Asked how much of a grind his round was, Snedeker said, "Beyond anything I've ever played in."

"It's very, very hard to hit a ball where you're supposed to and very, very hard to keep the ball where you're supposed to," he continued. "I was always constantly frustrated because you think you're pulling off the right shot and you're not getting rewarded."

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