PALM HARBOR, Fla. – Brandt Snedeker is no stranger to the circus that follows Tiger Woods’ every move while he’s on the golf course.
Sunday’s final round at the Valspar Championship will mark the 13th time he will have been paired with Woods on the PGA Tour, and the fifth time he’s played with the 14-time major champion this season, counting Saturday’s trip around the Copperhead Course.
“I can confirm he's back, the roars are back,” Snedeker said. “It's fun to hear the crowd going crazy again and realize how excited we are in having him back out here and playing the way he is. I was able to feed off a lot of energy today.”
Saturday’s 4-under 67 for Snedeker was a dramatic change of fortune for the eight-time Tour winner. Before Saturday’s round, Snedeker’s scoring average when paired with Woods was 72.09, compared to Woods’ 68.54 average when the duo played together.
Despite his turnaround at Innisbrook, Snedeker said he relishes his rounds with Woods (who also shot 67 Saturday).
“If I couldn't have fun today, I need to find another job,” he laughed. “Playing with Tiger Woods in the second to last group in Tampa and the crowd going crazy, both playing good, it's fun.”