Snedeker holds lead after day two at Wyndham following historic first round

Snedeker holds lead after day two at Wyndham following historic first round

Snedeker holds lead after day two at Wyndham following historic first round

Brandt Snedeker began the Wyndham Championship with history - and ended it with a victory.

He choked up on his driver, but still blocked his tee shot off to the right and out of bounds, allowing Snedeker to breeze through final couple of holes on Sunday. "I can just go and play and if I win, wow, what a super blessing". All three were tied for the lead, until Snedeker produced a critical chip from a bad lie on the 15 to get within three feet and make the putt for birdie.

Snedeker's 21-under 259 was good for a three-shot victory on C.T. Pan, who double-bogeyed on No. 18, and Webb Simpson.

"Shooting 59 on Thursday, your expectations go through the roof", Snedeker said, also expressing pride that he could "cap it off the way we did today, to play pretty much a flawless round of golf".

Snedeker called the Wyndham Championship, "the most stressful week I've ever had", but the pressure was of his own doing.

Snedeker, who shot 59 in the opening round Thursday, overcame a bogey on No. 13 before recovering for a birdie two holes later.

"It's my fault", Pan said.

"Then on the back nine, which typically is the harder nine here, I finally hit the ball in the fairway off the tee and hit some quality iron shots and had a few holes where I missed some makeable putts".

Snedeker was at 16-under 194 through three rounds of the final PGA Tour event of the regular season.

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"It's very unfortunate, but I think I can learn something from it", said the 26-year-old.

The 29-year-old former Southern California player hasn't won on the LPGA Tour since 2014. "Now I'm better equipped for the next time I shoot 59 and play the next day".

Simpson, the 2011 champion, shot 62 in the last round. "When I knocked that (final) putt in, it was really special to know that I'm part of a small club on Tour".

He played his 11 remaining holes in the third round in even par and took a one-shot lead into the final round.

Moments later, it was a three-way tie when Snedeker three-putted on No. 13. The leaders will start at 1:15 p.m.

Past champions Ryan Moore and Spain's Sergio Garcia are among the group at 11 under with work still to do in the third round.

The top 125 on the season-long points list advance to the four-event FedExCup playoffs that start next week.

Both men fired rounds of 68 to get to 14 under for the tournament despite the rain in Gothenburg.

Saunders, grandson of the late Arnold Palmer, finished at 8-under and tied for 45th place, reaching the playoffs after failing to qualify the past three years with a chance to clinch a spot in this tournament. The third round will instead resume on Sunday at 08:00 ET.

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