Nine holes Friday ruined Snedeker's British chances


GULLANE, Scotland – When this British Open is over, and Brandt Snedeker has a moment to sit, decompress and think about the week at Muirfield, he’ll look at a nine-hole stretch Friday that cost him all hope of collecting a claret jug.

Snedeker was cruising along nicely, and had made birdie on the ninth hole during the second round. But he played the final nine holes 7 over and plunged from contention. The stretch included two double bogeys and a four-putt from 20 feet.

The 32-year-old American in search of his first major rebounded beautifully Saturday to shoot 69, which included three bogeys, four birdies and an eagle. Snedeker made birdie on the last hole to close the good round.

His 3-over-par total was good for a 20th place tie when he finished.