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Golf Australia Express : Issue 16
PLAYER THE KNOW YOUR BRANDT BRANDT SNEDEKER could well be considered the unluckiest American golfer right now. A stellar year on the PGA Tour that he called his best has ended under the knife for the 30-year-old Tennessean. Snedeker had elective surgery on his right hip last week to correct a degenerative issue that’s been hassling him for some time now. He’ll be sidelined for six to eight weeks recovering, effectively ruling him out for the remainder of the 2011 season. He’ll have plenty of time to reflect on what’s been a year of mixed emotions for the Yank, who came into the 2011 season off the back of an inconsistent year, hurt by a nagging hip injury. But he found his way back on track this season with a couple of early top 10s, and a gutsy win at The Heritage after a three-hole playoff with world No.1 Luke Donald in April nearly earned Snedeker a spot at the Presidents Cup next week. Nearly. In fact, Snedeker finished 11th in the US Presidents Cup team standings, missing out on automatic selection by a solitary spot. Of course he could have— probably should have—earned a captain’s pick from Fred Couples considering his season has consisted of seven top 10s, 14 top 25s and eighth place on the FedEx Cup including nearly $3.6 million in prizemoney (if only Tiger wasn’t the “best player forever”, hey Freddie?). He’s quiet, unassuming and plays quickly. No wonder fans like the guy. Brandt Snedeker is a genuine star on the PGA Tour who often flies under the radar of others—just ask Luke Donald. And while missing out on a Presidents Cup berth surely stings, it was another birth—that of his daughter—that has helped the Southerner become a complete man.