Friday September 28, 2012
Rookie Snedeker delights in giving golfing icons a hard time
CHICAGO (Sept 28-30)
RYDER Cup rookie Brandt Snedeker has played his PGA Tour career in the shadow of superstars like Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods but he’s certainly not in awe of his American team-mates.
The free-spirited Snedeker says he teases the two US golfing icons all the time about getting special favours because of who they are.
“I just have a fun time giving people a hard time, especially guys like Phil and Tiger, some of the best guys in the world,” Snedeker said on Wednesday after his practice round for the Ryder Cup.
“I feel like sometimes they get a hall pass (special favour) because they are who they are and I want to make sure they don’t get a hall pass.
“And I don’t care. So I give them a hard time and they give it right back and I take it.”
Snedeker is in a good mood this week as he prepares for today’s opening day of the 39th Ryder Cup. That’s because he has over 10,000 million reasons to smile after winning the Tour Championship on Sunday where he collected US$1.4mil for the tournament and US$10mil bonus for capturing the FedEx Cup playoff title.
He’s playing “the best golf of his career”, and with his confidence soaring he fired the first salvo on Wednesday from the US side in the lead up to the matches against the Europeans saying he didn’t want to just win, he wants to “beat their brains in”.
“I definitely have an edge,” Snedeker said. “Anybody that knows me really well knows that I am not afraid to tell people what I really think and tell people how I really feel.
“I am very, very competitive. People don’t get that because I am polite. But I tee it up on Friday here, I’m trying to ... I’m going to try to beat their brains in as bad as I can.” — AFP