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Snedeker's wait worth it

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — The toughest part of Brandt Snedeker's day was spent in the clubhouse.

Snedeker posted 7-under 64 on Sunday to come from six back to finish at 12-under 272 and in the lead at the Heritage nearly two hours before the round ended.

So Snedeker waited to see if he'd get back on the course. He did, beating Luke Donald (70) in a playoff and denying the Englishman a chance at No. 1.

"It was brutal," Snedeker said of his time in front of the TV. "I don't want them to do bad, but I don't want them to do great, either."

Snedeker survived a three-hole playoff for his second PGA Tour win and first since the 2007 Wyndham Championship.

"To win this time, after all the hard work I put in the last three or four years, trying to improve, trying to get better," he said. "I feel like my game is finally there."

Snedeker birdied seven of his first 12 holes to grab the lead just as the final pair of Donald and defending champion Jim Furyk teed off. Then Snedeker closed with a 12-foot birdie putt on No. 18 at Harbour Town Golf Links.

"It's a storybook ending really, to be playing Luke in a playoff, to even have a chance to win was exciting to me," he said.

Donald would've risen to the top spot in the world from No. 3 had he won. His countryman, Lee Westwood, moved from No. 2 to No. 1, replacing Martin Kaymer, after winning the Indonesian Masters earlier Sunday.

Snedeker and Donald traded birdies on the first extra hole, the 18th, and pars on the second one, the 17th. Back at No. 18, Donald got a partially buried lie in a front bunker. He blasted out about 15 feet from the flag, and his chip for par from just off the green hit the edge of the cup and bounced away, giving Snedeker the win and $1,026,000.

At least Donald leaves No. 1 at something, making $615,000 to top the PGA Tour money list.

"It was going to be some big rewards if I won (Sunday)," he said. "But I'll try and find the positives from this week and move on."

Furyk finished with his highest score, 76, of his past 33 rounds at Harbour Town to tie for 21st at 5 under.

"I just kind of got on a bad roll, and it snowballed on me (Sunday)," he said.

Westwood takes No. 1 after winning, waiting

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Lee Westwood won the Indonesian Masters and regained the No. 1 spot in the world when Luke Donald lost to Brandt Snedeker in a playoff at the Heritage.

Westwood shot 3-under 69 to win by three at 19-under 269 over Thongchai Jaidee (65).

The English star, ranked second behind Martin Kaymer entering the week, won the Asian Tour event on his 38th birthday.

Westwood took a five-stroke lead into the final day.

"It was quite a day, really," he said. "I knew it wasn't going to be easy with a five-shot lead. I'm experienced enough to know that patience is the key."

Champions: The putt to extend the playoff looked like a tap-in to Kenny Perry. Maybe 14 inches. His opponents saw it as closer to 3 feet. Bottom line: Perry missed.

As a result, David Eger and Mark McNulty won the better-ball Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf on the second playoff hole against Perry and Scott Hoch in Savannah, Ga.

Eger and McNulty, who started four back, closed with 11-under 61 for 27-under 189. Perry and Hoch shot 64 to get into the playoff.

Both teams made par on the first playoff hole, No. 18. They played the hole again, with McNulty tapping in for par. Then Hoch and Perry missed short putts to extend the match — Perry's ball lipping out.

"It's a 14-inch putt that you don't even think much of," Perry said. "But, when it's all on the line, things change, and I pushed it and it didn't go in. So typical."

McNulty said Perry's ball was outside his, which he estimated to be about 3 feet from the cup. Still, it was a putt nearly everyone figured Perry could tap in.

"I was very surprised," Eger said. "I never expected Kenny to miss that putt."

Snedeker's wait worth it 04/24/11 [Last modified: Sunday, April 24, 2011 9:16pm]
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