Snedeker eyeing automatic Ryder Cup berth


GREENSBORO, N.C. – While the bubble talk at the season-ending Wyndham Championship tends to revolve around No. 125, Brandt Snedeker is instead focused this week on No. 8.

That’s the position Snedeker hopes to reach by next week on the U.S. Ryder Cup points list, thereby ensuring his spot on the American team at Hazeltine.

Although much of the discussion about potential captain’s picks has focused on the players who represented the U.S. last week at the Olympics, it’s Snedeker who entered this week as the odd man out at No. 9 in points, less than $50,000 behind Patrick Reed for the final automatic bid.

After three top-25 finishes in his last four starts, Snedeker is again in the mix after a 5-under 65 on a familiar layout that left him two shots off the lead.

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“I’ve got two big weeks coming up with Ryder Cup points to get it done,” Snedeker said. “This is a big week for me. Need to go out there and put three more rounds like this together to have a chance.”

Snedeker’s opening effort gave him that chance, but Reed isn’t making it easy on him after starting with a 4-under 66 of his own. J.B. Holmes, who at No. 7 leads Snedeker by less than $65,000, also shot a 2-under 68.

Snedeker made his lone Ryder Cup appearance at Medinah in 2012, and he reiterated the fact that making this year’s team – one way or another – remains a priority.

“I want to be on that team. I love playing Ryder Cups,” Snedeker said. “I want to be there representing the United States, so I’m going to use that as motivation to go out there and work hard and grind my tail off the next three days.”