Snedeker opens with 66 at British Open


LYTHAM ST. ANNES, England – For all the talk of how demanding the closing holes are at Royal Lytham & St. Annes, Brandt Snedeker has certainly not had much trouble with the par-4 16th hole.

Snedeker is 4 under on the hole the last two days following Thursday’s birdie and Wednesday’s double-eagle 1, which he called, “a waste of a great shot.”

Still, Thursday’s opening 66 was a dramatic turnaround for Snedeker who had struggled on links courses in the past, posting an 0-for-3 record in cuts made at the Open Championship.

“I am the kind of guy who makes a lot of birdies,” said Snedeker, who is alone in fifth place. “But this week I’m trying to aim to the fat part of greens and realize that I’m good putter.”

That, of course, doesn’t count at the 16th, where his aggressiveness has paid off this week.