Snedeker falls after emergency switch to backup putter


AUSTIN, Texas – It was not the start Brandt Snedeker had hoped for, and that was before he even teed off on Wednesday at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play.

Moments before he was about to tee off for his Day 1 match against William McGirt, Snedeker realized something was wrong with his putter, a club he’s had in the bag almost exclusively since his college days.

“I was warming on the putting green and it was setting up funny and really upright, I started messing with it and I moved it and was like, ‘Oh God, the head's loose,’” Snedeker said. “Luckily I had a backup putter that I hadn’t even hit before.”

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Snedeker’s caddie raced to the locker room for the untested putter, an Odyssey Two-Ball model with a different face insert, and Snedeker got off to a solid start with an early 1-up lead, but McGirt rallied with two birdies in his last three holes for a 2-up victory.

Snedeker was having three replacement putters shipped to Austin Country Club in time for his Day 2 match, but he said he was going to try to have his trusted “gamer” fixed in time for his bout against Andy Sullivan on Thursday.