Brandt Snedeker used an opening 59 and a 72nd-hole drive out of bounds by C.T. Pan to win the Wyndham Championship, but to say Snedeker backed into the win would be shortchanging the Tennessean who now has nine wins on the PGA Tour.
That’s because although Snedeker’s well-known prowess on the greens was mostly absent on the weekend. Snedeker hit 17 of 18 greens Sunday, helping him not only avoid the big mistake, but also putting him in good enough position to cash in six birdie opportunities—including one at the last to put a capper on the round—for a final-round 65 and his second Wyndham title.
Snedeker’s irons are Bridgestone’s J15 CB, a cavity-back players iron model. Interestingly, Snedeker does not use steel iron shafts like most tour pros, instead opting for Aerotech Steelfiber shafts that weigh 95 grams (about 30 grams less than standard steel shafts) with a stiff flex. The Steelfiber is a graphite shaft that is designed to perform like steel but with the dampening and weight benefits of graphite and is also used on the PGA Tour by Matt Kuchar, among others.
Another tip of the equipment cap also belongs to the Titleist Vokey prototype 60-degree wedge that Snedeker used to produce a nifty up-and-down from greenside rough for a critical birdie on the 15th hole. In all, Snedeker ranked second in strokes gained/tee-to-green for the week.
And more importantly, first on the leaderboard at day’s end Sunday.
What Brandt Snedeker had in the bag at the Wyndham Championship:
Ball: Bridgestone Tour B X
Driver: Bridgestone JGR prototype (Graphite Design IX-6X), 9.5 degrees
3-wood: TaylorMade M3, 15 degrees
5-wood: TaylorMade M3, 19 degrees
Irons (4-9): Bridgestone J15 CB; (PW): Bridgestone J40
Wedges: Bridgestone J15 (51, 55 degrees); Titleist Vokey prototype (60 degrees)
Putter: Odyssey White Hot XG Rossie