Mon September 24, 2012 10:28am
AMERICAN Brandt Snedeker has earned a multi-million-dollar pay day by upstaging the world's best to claim both the US PGA Tour Championship and the season-long FedEx Cup.
Snedeker claimed the $US1.44 million ($1.39m) tournament winner's cheque and a $US10 million ($A9.63 million) bonus for clinching the season-long points race.
The 31-year-old carded a two-under-par 68 in the final round at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta to finish on 10-under, three clear of Englishman Justin Rose (71).
Englishman Luke Donald (67) and American Ryan Moore (70) shared third place, four shots off the pace at six-under.
Snedeker was brilliant for all but two holes on the final day, collecting five birdies, a bogey and a double bogey in his round to claim the fourth and easily biggest win of his career.
Starting as co-leader with Rose, Snedeker grabbed the early advantage with a birdie on the third hole.
Holding a two-shot lead heading to the sixth after a Rose bogey on five, he suffered his only major headache of the afternoon.
His tee shot faded into the lake and he missed a shortish bogey putt after hitting from the drop zone to drop two shots, although the damage was minimised when Rose bogeyed.
A 40-foot bomb birdie putt on the eighth set him apart again and despite never before winning when leading after 54 holes, Snedeker showed nerves of steel down the stretch.
He birdied the 13th and 15th holes when Moore was making a charge and when the challengers started to fade late he stepped on the throat by chipping in for birdie on the penultimate hole.
A last-hole bogey was nothing but a minor blip on the scorecard.
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