Snedeker's victory gives him PGA Tour, FedExCup honors
ATLANTA — Brandt Snedeker held off a late charge by Ryan Moore to win the season-ending PGA Tour Championship by three shots on Sunday, along with FedExCup honors and a $10 million bonus.
Tied for the third-round lead with Justin Rose in the PGA Tour's final playoff event, Snedeker birdied three of the last six holes to clinch his fourth career title and second of 2012.
Snedeker, one of five players who came into this week knowing that victory would automatically secure him the playoff crown, had two-under-par round of 68 at East Lake Golf Club for a 10-under total of 270.
After chipping in from just off the green at the 17th for his fifth birdie of the day, the 31-year-old could afford the luxury of a bogey at the tricky par-3 18th where his tee shot sailed long into a grandstand.
“This has been an unbelievable week,” Snedeker said. “The golf course is in great shape and obviously I liked it. At the end of the day, I had complete confidence of what I was doing out here.”
Rose, playing with Snedeker in the final pairing, finished alone in second after closing with a 71.
Moore, who had surged into a tie for the lead with three holes to play, bogeyed 16, 17 and 18 for a 70 to tie for third at six under with Luke Donald (67).
World No. 1 Rory McIlroy and second-ranked Tiger Woods, who like Snedeker had victory in their sights to complete the FedExCup 'double', finished poorly.
McIlroy, winner of the two previous playoff events, hit only two of 14 fairways on the way to a 74 and a share of 10th place.
Woods, who has twice earned FedExCup honors, closed with a 72 to finish tied for eighth at two under.
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