GREENSBORO, N.C. – Coming down the stretch of his opening round, it looked like Brandt Snedeker’s stay at the Wyndham Championship could be a brief one.
The 2007 champ was 2 over after 13 holes Thursday, but rallied to birdie four of his last five holes, posting a 2-under 68. He carried that momentum into the second round, where he shot a bogey-free 65 to move onto the first page of the leaderboard at Sedgefield Country Club.
“I hit it really well. I made a whole lot of putts,” said Snedeker, who at 7 under trails leader Heath Slocum by three shots. “Hopefully when I get the putting going over the weekend, it should be a lot of fun.”
Coming off a strong weekend at the PGA Championship, Snedeker knew that he was playing better than his score indicated for much of the first round, and said that remaining patient was the key to sparking his turnaround.
Sometimes it can be difficult to gauge a player’s confidence level during a tournament. Other times the exercise is a bit easier, like when a player laments missed opportunities following a flawless 65. After three consecutive top-25 finishes, Snedeker is not short on self-belief.
“I thought I would shoot a really, really low one since I was hitting the ball so well. It didn’t pan out that way,” he said. “I still put a good round together, but left some out there. Hopefully I can go out there tomorrow and take advantage of how I’m playing.”
Snedeker played the first two rounds with fellow Ryder Cup bubble boy Webb Simpson, and both players thrived off the grouping, playing the first 36 holes to a draw at 7-under 133.
“I sent Webb a text Tuesday, when we got the pairings. I said, ‘Let’s go make a bunch of birdies; I’m just going to make more than you are this week,’” he said. “We had a blast the first two days. Hopefully we’ll be paired again tomorrow.”