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The Tour Report

September 22 2012

8:14 PM

Snedeker’s got something to prove

Interview: Brandt Snedeker

Brandt Snedeker reflects on his play in the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola with John Maginnes from SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio.

By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM ATLANTA -- Brandt Snedeker sees Sunday as the next step in his own evolutionary process, the next step in becoming what he calls a "world-class player." That's because three-time PGA TOUR champ has a chance to do something he's never done -- convert a third-round lead into victory when he plays with Justin Rose in the final group at the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola. "I need to show that I can do that," Snedeker said firmly. And if he does, Snedeker will not only have won for the second time in 2012, he'll have the added bonus of winning the FedExCup. He put himself in position Saturday with a sizzling 64 that he called one of his best of the year and moved him into a share of the lead at 8 under. Snedeker entered the Playoffs finale at East Lake ranked fifth in the standings, knowing that he was guaranteed the $10 million with a victory on Sunday. He is the first player in the all-important top five who control their own destiny to hold the 54-hole lead since the points system was reworked in 2009. Snedeker can finish as low as a two-way tie for second and still have mathematical shot at winning the FedExCup. But with Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods, who came in ranked Nos. 1-2, hot on his heels at 5 and 4 under, respectively, Snedeker doesn't want to leave anything to chance. Staying patient will be key for Snedeker, who hit 17 greens in regulation on Saturday. He made six  birdies – and it could have been more for the Tennessean, who is tied for first in fairways and greens hit, and second in strokes gained putting. "I think the biggest thing tomorrow is going to be how patient you can stay because this golf course eats guys up that don't stay patient," Snedeker said. "With all that extra stuff that goes with the FedExCup Championship and the TOUR Championship, there are so many reasons to get antsy." As he talks, the words tumble rapid-fire out of Snedeker's mouth. He candidly admits to being "jumpy" and says that he must concentrate on playing within himself during the final round. "It's just not putting more pressure on the shot than there already is," Snedeker explained. "There is no make-or-break shot tomorrow. Every shot tomorrow is the exact same as it was today, and the exact same as it was on Thursday, to really embrace that. "I did a great job today of staying patient. I missed four putts on the first four holes from inside 15 feet for birdie. You don't have those kind of opportunities around here very often. I did a great job of staying patient, and when you do that, you tend to have some success."