Snedeker Awaiting Rookie of the Year Award


PGA Tour (75x100)Brandt Snedeker cashed checks worth $2.8 million, won a PGA tournament and finished in the top 10 in five other events.
All in his rookie season.
The 26-year-old from Nashville, Tenn., is a favorite for the Tour's rookie of the year award. He's the highest first-year player on the money list (17th) and the FedExCup points standings (9th).
Not that he's heard anything one way or the other.
'I have no clue, I thought it would have happened by now,' Snedeker said at the Australian PGA Championship. 'I keep hearing different dates, and hopefully before too long we'll hear. I think I've won it but I'm not 100 percent sure until it comes out.'
Snedeker didn't get a chance to vote. He spent two weeks in Japan after an eight-week layoff following the Tour Championship. After the Australian PGA Championship, which starts Thursday, he'll head to the Australian Open in Sydney.
'I didn't get (the rookie award balloting) before I came out,' Snedeker said. 'I'm hoping my fellow tour players will eke me in. It would be a great honor.'
And if he loses by one vote?
'I'm sure I'll be kicking myself later,' he said, laughing.
Snedeker celebrates his 27th birthday on Saturday -- when he hopes to be playing with Adam Scott, Rory Sabbatini, defending champion Nick O'Hern and Stuart Appleby on a golf course that reminds him of manicured Florida layouts.
Last year, O'Hern holed out from a greenside bunker to beat two-time champion Peter Lonard on the fourth hole of a playoff.
O'Hern is happy to see Snedeker at the tournament.
'It's fantastic -- the more international players we can get down here, obviously the better,' O'Hern said. 'I think the public will see guys they haven't seen before, and I'm sure by the end of the week they'll remember who they are.'
Snedeker flew into the Sunshine Coast for a few practice rounds on the Hyatt Regency resort course after a week on the Great Barrier Reef off the resort town of Port Douglas in north Queensland.
Snorkeling and fishing -- a few coral trout on the end of the hook among others -- put him in a pleasant frame of mind.
'I had a blast, I was happy and sad to come here,' Snedeker said. 'It was great to see the Great Barrier Reef. I wish I had a couple more days to go up there and snorkel, but with my skin complexion I wouldn't have lasted too long.'
His time away from golf gave Snedeker a chance to reflect on his first year on tour, including a win at the Wyndham Championship and a third at the Buick Invitational.
In 29 tournaments, he finished 13 times in the top 25 and made 23 cuts.
'Being a rookie, you really don't know where you are going to get in,' Snedeker said. 'My goal for the year was to try and play as many events as I could on tour, see where I liked to play, what fit my eye, what didn't fit my eye. I kept playing better through the second half of the year and just wanted to keep playing. '
The results exceeded his expectations.
'It's been overwhelming to say the least, I wasn't expecting it,' Snedeker said. 'I was just trying to make sure I had a job for next year. The only downside now is that I've got to try to improve on it next year.'
And next year begins now, he said.
'After my eight-week break, this is really the beginning of my year, to get my game going and find out where it is,' Snedeker said. 'We're in the middle of summer here, great weather. It hasn't felt great the first two days, but I'm hoping it's better on Thursday.'
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