GULLANE, Scotland – Through two rounds at last year’s Open Championship Brandt Snedeker was nearly perfectly. He was pacing the field at Lytham at 10 under and cruising.
Then the wind came up.
“I just made typical American mistakes,” Snedeker said of his weekend at the 2012 Open Championship. “The first two days I had no wind really whatsoever, and played great golf. The last 36 holes I drove the ball horribly.
“I tried to ride the wind too many times. I tried to not play against the odds; you've got to try to hold the ball up against the wind. Little stuff like that.”
Snedeker closed with rounds of 73-74 and tied for third, four strokes behind champion Ernie Els. Although the heartbreak was evident, his affinity for links golf was not diminished.
On Tuesday at Muirfield, site of Snedeker’s fifth Open start, he said he’s learned something new every year at the game’s oldest championship, a curve expedited by an ongoing friendship with five-time Open champion Tom Watson.
Snedeker said he’s played a practice round with Watson every year at the Open and although the two haven’t reunited this week, the American is hoping to continue the tradition.
“I am trying to set something up now,” he said.