NORTON, Mass. – After a second consecutive missed cut, Brandt Snedeker’s playoff run is over. Whether he’ll make another start before next season remains to be seen.
Snedeker struggled to a 5-over 76 in the second round of the Deutsche Bank Championship, and finished the week at 6-over 148. After a run of seven top-25 finishes in eight starts, he missed the cut at each of the first two postseason events to end his bid for a Ryder Cup captain’s pick on a sour note.
“Certainly didn’t help my cause the last two days,” he said. “I know I’m playing good, I know if my name is called I’m up for it. I didn’t do anything the last week or two weeks to justify or to solidify a spot on the team.”
Snedeker entered the week at No. 71 in the standings, and he is now out of the running for one of 70 spots in the field for next week’s BMW Championship. It’s the first time since the format change in 2007 that Snedeker has failed to advance to the third postseason event, and after winning the FedEx Cup in 2012 he will miss the Tour Championship for the first time since 2010.
“It’s just unfortunate that I had two bad days of putting at the same time,” said Snedeker, who took 34 putts Saturday after 31 putts in Round 1. “No fun being my last event, but I’ll be ready to go whenever my next start is going to be.”
With several other American Ryder Cup hopefuls near the top of the standings at TPC Boston, Snedeker is now relegated to the waiting game. U.S. captain Tom Watson will round out his team with three selections on Tuesday, and Snedeker hopes to get the same phone call he received in 2012 when Davis Love III added him to the squad for Medinah.
“I know I’m playing well, I know I’m doing the right stuff. It didn’t come through the last two weeks, which is frustrating on my part,” he said. “I think (Watson) realizes golf is what it is. Sometimes you don’t get out of it what you put into it, and hopefully he sees that part of it.”