Sunday, April 24, 2011

Snedeker delivers 'storybook' finish; what will future bring?

   After winning the Heritage, Brandt Snedeker said his unexpected victory had a "storybook" feel to it.

   All that was missing was the landing of a title sponsor for the 43-year old event that, at least for the moment, is in jeopardy of not being played again. There was a sense, however, by Sunday afternoon that the Heritage may be close to signing a sponsor and securing its place on the PGA Tour schedule next year and beyond.

   That would be good for so many reasons. Particularly when it's the week after the Masters, it's the ideal marriage of date and destination. It's not a tournament everyone wants to play -- some players prefer to decompress after the Masters by taking a couple of weeks off, others do it by playing to Asia to play. The smart ones come to Harbour Town and play an imaginative golf course in a laid-back setting.

   If Tommy Bahama is interested in sponsoring a PGA Tour event, this is the perfect one.

  For Snedeker, the victory ended a four-year winless spell. He's one of a collection of very good players just entering their 30s. He may not have the global stature of Luke Donald but he played brilliantly on Sunday when he had to. Donald couldn't say the same.

    It was a week when Tommy 'Two Gloves' Gainey proved again he belongs on the PGA Tour and it was another Sunday to forget for Brendon de Jonge, who started the final round two strokes behind and wound up seven behind.

    For Donald, there was disappointment in not finishing off the tournament that seemed his to win and for not grabbing the No. 1 ranking when he had the chance. Those opportunities don't often come along.

    Neither do events like the Heritage.

   "I think 100 percent of the guys want to be back here next year," Snedeker said. "There's nothing like being at Hilton Head this time of year and playing the Heritage."


Anonymous said...

Amazing finish. The game is recovering its ZEST from being so terribly tainted by some scoundrel as never before who most hope will vanish as unworthy.