Snedeker WDs from THE NORTHERN TRUST with back spasms
August 23, 2018
By Cameron Morfit, PGATOUR.COM
- Brandt Snedeker was coming off an impressive win at the Wyndham Championship. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
PARAMUS, N.J. – What a difference a week makes.
Just seven days after he shot the 10th sub-60 score in PGA TOUR history in winning the Wyndham Championship, Brandt Snedeker withdrew Thursday from THE NORTHERN TRUST, the first tournament of the FedExCup Playoffs, with back spasms.
“My back seized up Wednesday and I couldn’t complete the Pro-Am,” he said in a statement. “I thought I’d be OK to play today after hitting some balls this morning, but after consulting with the training staff, we feel it’s best to err on the side of caution.”
Snedeker, 30th in the FedExCup, was to have played Thursday with Austin Cook and Brian Harman. On the plus side, the 2012 FedExCup champion is still a lock for next week’s Dell Technologies Championship at TPC Boston (top 100), which he said he still plans to play.
“After a week of rest, I look forward to coming back stronger than ever,” he said. “… I wish all of my fellow competitors and the tournament an excellent week.”
The news of Snedeker’s abrupt exit was in stark contrast from the headlines he made a week ago, when he shot a first-round 59 at Sedgefield Country Club. But injuries are nothing new, as he battled a mysterious sternum injury last season that sidelined him for five months last season. He couldn’t figure out why it hurt to swing, and neither could doctors. He finally got a diagnosis and ended his season after finishing T14 at the Travelers Championship.
Snedeker came back to competition at The RSM Classic at the start of this season, opening with rounds of 67-67 before a pair of 70s left him in a tie for 29th place. After a lackluster 2018 season, his win at the Wyndham last weekend signaled he was finally back in top form.