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September 23, 2012

Snedeker wins Tour Championship, Dustin Johnson finishes 10th

ATLANTA | Brandt Snedeker cashed in big time Sunday, capturing the Tour Championship and FedEx Cup titles at East Lake Golf Club to collect $11.44 million.

Coastal Carolina alumnus Dustin Johnson tied for 10th in the tournament and finished eighth in the FedEx Cup.

Snedeker shot a final-round 68 for a 10-under 270 to defeat Justin Rose by three strokes and earn $1.44 million of the tournament’s $8 million purse. Snedeker also earned a $10 million bonus for winning the FedEx points title. Rory McIlroy finished second in the points race and earned a $3 million bonus.

Johnson shot an even-par 70 Sunday for a 1-under 279, and his tie for 10th is his best finish in four trips to East Lake. His previous best finish in the final event of the four-tournament FedEx Cup playoffs was a tie for 22nd at 3-over 283.

Johnson earned a $600,000 bonus for his eighth-place FedEx Cup finish. He finished fourth and fifth in the last two FedEx points chases to earn combined bonuses of $2.5 million.

Snedeker, 31, who played at Vanderbilt, won his second event of the year and fourth of his career, though it was his first win after taking a lead into the final round.

Snedeker already had a lot going on in his life before capturing the two titles Sunday.

“This is not the most important thing in my world right now,” Snedeker said. “I played great, and I’m not sure where it came from but I’ll try to bottle it for the future.”

Snedeker and his wife, Mandy, are expecting a second child soon. His father, Larry, received a liver transplant last year and was at East Lake watching his son play Sunday. He was named to the U.S. Ryder Cup Team earlier this month.

And Tucker Anderson, 19, the son of Snedeker’s instructor, Todd Anderson of Sea Island Resort in Georgia, was in a bad car accident a couple weeks ago and has been battling for his life. Anderson is a 19-year-old freshman at the West Florida and Snedeker is said to be like a big brother to him.

Tucker Anderson was transported this week to the Shepherd Center in Atlanta, which specializes in spinal cord and brain injury rehabilitation, and Snedeker visited him Sunday before the final round.

“I saw him this morning and he really uplifted me,” Snedeker said. “I was expecting the worst and he was awake and alert. I asked him if he thought I could beat Rory McIlroy today and he gave me a little wink, and that’s all I needed.”



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