Snedeker bolsters Australian PGA field
BY PGA of Australia | 24 Sep 2013
World Number 9 Brandt Snedeker is headed to Queensland’s Gold Coast in November to contest the Australian PGA Championship presented by Coca-Cola at RACV Royal Pines Resort.
Joining previously confirmed starters Adam Scott, Rickie Fowler and Marc Leishman, American Snedeker will play his only PGA Tour of Australasia tournament of the Australian summer in Queensland from November 7-10, his first PGA Tour of Australasia event in six years.
“I’m excited. I’ve been there quite a few times in my career, I love getting back. It’s a great place to play golf and one of the pretty spots in the world so I’m excited to get back down under,” said Snedeker this week.
“The people there are so welcoming, it’s fantastic, so it should be a lot of fun.”
Joining the Professional ranks in 2004, last year Snedeker grabbed global attention when he sealed a three shot victory at the 2012 TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola to claim the coveted FedExCup title and the US$10 million bonus.
The winner of four PGA TOUR titles in the last two years, Snedeker has won twice in 2013 capturing the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am and the RBC Canadian Open.
Finishing runner-up on a further two occasions, the 33-year-old finished fifth on the PGA TOUR money list with his 2013 earnings in excess of US$5 million.
Despite the success, Snedeker admits there is still one omission on his resume.
“I love playing around the world and that’s the one thing I haven’t done yet, win outside the United States, but I’d love to do that. It’s part of the reason why I’m going down there and I’ve had some good finishes in Australia before,” said Snedeker who finished in a tie for second at the 2007 Australian Open won by Craig Parry.
“I lost the Aussie Open by a shot a few years ago and I want to get back down there and prove that I can get that ‘W’ down there.”
Aware that the Australian PGA Championship presented by Coca-Cola will coincide with Adam Scott’s return to Australia, Snedeker paid respect to the significance of the occasion for Australian golf.
“I think everyone was happy for Adam, not just Australians, but everyone around the world because he’s such a popular guy and he really deserved to win that tournament.”
“So it’s good to have him getting back home and showing off that green jacket to everyone back in Australia. I’m sure he’s as excited and proud as they are, and he’s as excited and proud to show it off.”