When important things happen in golf, people have questions. We here at GNN hope to answer those with our FAQs. Today, we answer your questions about Open Championship leader Brandt Snedeker.
Who is Brandt Snedeker?
Great starting question. Snedeker is a 31-year-old native of Nashville. He went to Vanderbilt University and has three PGA Tour wins, including a playoff victory over Kyle Stanley at the Farmers Insurance Open earlier this season at Torrey Pines. He won the RBC Heritage last year at Harbour Town Golf Links.
Has he ever been close to a major title?
Yes, actually. He was in contention down the stretch at the 2008 Masters before finishing third to Trevor Immelman.
How about his 64 today?
Well, that's his lowest of 20 major rounds by four shots. It also tied Tom Lehman ('96, third round) and Adam Scott (yesterday) for the low competitive round at Royal Lytham and St. Annes.
Is his 10-under (130) total some kind of record?
It ties Nick Faldo's 1992 36-hole total for the lowest in Open Championship history.
How'd he get there?
Snedeker has made 10 birdies, no bogeys and 26 pars through two rounds. He's 4 under on the par 3s this week, as well. He hasn't found a single bunker - there are 205 on the course - this week.
No bogeys? Really?
Yes, really. No player has ever gone 72 holes in a major without a bogey. A bunch of players have made just three, however, including most recently Tiger Woods at the 2006 PGA Championship at Medinah.
Why didn't Snedeker play in the U.S. Open?
Snedeker pulled out of the U.S. Open last month, citing cracked ribs. He had a hip problem at the end of last season, requiring surgery for the second time in his career.