Super Snedeker storms to victory
Hard work paid off handsomely over the weekend as both the PGA and European Tours both provided popular winners.
America celebrated a player back to his best following injury while the European Tour welcomed a new name into the winners’ circle at the Nordea Masters
There were thrills, spills, a play-off and a record-breaking round as players everywhere scrambled for ranking points on both sides of the Atlantic.
Here are the weekend’s stories:
Snedeker goes wire-to-wire at Wyndham
Thursday must feel like a long time ago for Brandt Snedeker but the American made sure that record-equalling day did not go to waste by claiming an 9th PGA Tour title.
The 37-year-old, a veteran of nine Opens, shot just the tenth round of 59 in PGA Tour history at the Wyndham Championship, and went on to win by three shots from C.T. Pan.
Thunderstorms meant Snedeker returned to Sedgefield Country Club early on Sunday to finish his abandoned third round but he quickly saw his three-shot advantage cut to just one.
Brian Gay, who fired a 62, and David Hearn (64) were within touching distance but they fell away during the final round.
Three birdies on the front nine strengthened Snedeker’s grip on the tournament but his game became scruffy down the stretch and Pan took the lead on 13.
However, Pan double-bogeyed the last and Snedeker dropped a 20-foot birdie to secure his first PGA Tour win since February 2016.
It completes an impressive comeback for Snedeker, who this time last year was injured on the sidelines and not knowing he would make it back to the top of the game.
“When you don't have your health out here and you're trying to fight through it, it's really tough because you know what you're capable of and your body's not letting you do what you think you should be able to do,” he said.
“Fortunately enough, I felt good enough to be able to practice and put the time in and it came through today.
“Today's when you find out, okay, am I going to hold up, is the stuff I'm working on working, is it Tour-tested in a sense, and it was great to hit some quality shots down the stretch.”
Garcia misses out on play-offs
Sergio Garcia may have found some form this week but the former Open runner-up will miss out on the FedEx Cup play-off Series for the first time in his career.
The Spaniard carded a final round of 70 to finish in a tie for 24th, leaving him just three places outside the top 125.
It has been a tough season for Garcia, who has finished in the top ten at The Open on ten occasions.
He missed the cut at seven out of nine tournaments, including The 147th Open at Carnoustie last month, and has a battle on his hands to secure a Ryder Cup place next month.
Dreams come true for Waring
The PGA Tour was not alone in providing a drama-filled weekend of golf, as Paul Waring claimed his maiden European Tour win at the 200th attempt.
The 33-year-old Englishman was locked in a play-off with Thomas Aiken at the Nordea Masters and won on the first hole.
Waring parred the 18th at Hills Golf Club, Gothenburg but Aiken, who birdied the 18th to force the play-off, could not recover from a wayward tee shot.
"I'm obviously ecstatic. I wasn't ever sure this day would come in total honesty,” he said.
“I've tried so hard for many years to get to this point and it's nice to finally get across the line and be holding the trophy.
"It wasn't easy. I felt really in control though. I've made a few swing changes so I was kind of allowing myself to hit some bad shots now and again, so I wasn't getting too wound up in where the ball was going.
"It feels like it's all worth it. I've had a couple of operations along the way and it's nice to have finally got to this point and I'm sure everyone back home will be absolutely thrilled for me. I've got a great team around me so this is all for them as well."