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PLAYER PROFILES BRANDT SNEDEKER


HEIGHT: 6-1 WEIGHT: 185


BIRTHDATE/PLACE: December 8, 1980 Nashville, TN


CURRENT YEAR HIGHLIGHTS: Brandt Snedeker tied for eighth at the Humana Challenge, with rounds of 64-68-66-71. He defeated Kyle Stanley with a par-3 on the second playoff hole (No. 16) to win the Farmers Insurance Open. Stanley had a five-shot lead entering the final round, and Snedeker was seven shots behind Stanley when Sunday’s play began. The last time there was a seven-shot comeback on TOUR was Stuart Appleby’s win at the 2010 Greenbrier Classic, where he shot a final-round 59. The


last time there was a bigger comeback in the final round was when Stewart Cink came from nine back to win the 2004 RBC Heritage. The biggest come-from-behind win at the Farmers Insurance Open is eight shots, by Scott Simpson in 1998.


Snedeker had an interesting week as the lone


American entered in the European Tour’s Volvo World Match Play Championship in May. At the event at Finca Cortesin in Spain, his clubs didn’t arrive on his flight, so he put together a set that included John Senden’s backup driver and a putter from the clubhouse for his first match. The makeshift group of clubs didn’t seem to bother him, as he defeated Thomas Bjorn, 5 and 4. He eventually tied for fifth with his own clubs, losing to eventual champion Nicolas Colsaerts in the quarterfinals, 4 and 3.


KYLE STANLEY


HEIGHT: 5-11 WEIGHT: 165


BIRTHDATE/PLACE: November 19, 1987 Gig Harbor, WA


CURRENT YEAR HIGHLIGHTS: Kyle Stanley lost to Brandt Snedeker on the second playoff hole (No. 16) with a bogey-4 at the Farmers Insurance


STEVE STRICKER


HEIGHT: 6-0 WEIGHT: 190


BIRTHDATE/PLACE: February 23, 1967 Edgerton, WI


CURRENT YEAR HIGHLIGHTS: Following an off- season clouded by the possibility of a serious neck injury, Steve Stricker posted a final-round, 4-under 69 to capture his 12th PGA TOUR victory with a three-stroke victory over Martin Laird at the season-opening Hyundai Tournament of Champions. His 63 on Saturday was the lowest


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second-round score in tournament history. Stricker’s win gave him at least one victory in each of the last four years. He continued his perfect streak (7 for 7) of never having lost when entering the final round of a 72-hole event alone with a lead. The only time he failed to carry the outright lead to victory was at the 90-hole Humana Challenge (where he tied for third


in 2009).


In his post-victory press conference, he told a story from six years ago about his now 13-year- old daughter winning a junior tournament. “At Cherokee, our home course, she won the three- hole tournament, and she’s like, ‘Mom, do we get to go to Hawaii now?’”


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Open. He had a five-stroke lead entering the final round. The record for the largest lead on TOUR with 18 holes to play only to lose is six strokes by five players. He then rallied from eight strokes back in the final round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open with a 6-under-par 65 to claim his first PGA TOUR win by a stroke over Ben Crane. The come-from-behind win matched the third- largest in TOUR history and was the largest in tournament history.


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