2006: Snedeker seals the deal

Byron, Minn.

Brandt Snedeker knows what it feels like to let a title slip away during a playoff. He had done it only three weeks before.

But at the Scholarship America Showdown at Somerby Golf Club July 16, Snedeker wasn’t going to let it happen again.

Snedeker birdied the second extra hole to edge Jeff Quinney and made himself a winner on the Nationwide Tour.

It was June 25 when Snedeker missed from 20 feet on the first playoff hole at the Chattanooga Classic and Kyle Reifers earned his second pro victory in two weeks.

Snedeker needed eagle on his 72nd hole to get into a playoff, and he delivered. At Chattanooga, Snedeker also eagled the final hole of regulation to gain the playoff with Reifers.

Both players made birdie at the first extra hole, the par-5 18th. On 18 again, Snedeker put his approach to 12 feet and Quinney came up short of the green. Snedeker missed his eagle putt but tapped in for birdie. Quinney needed to make his 8-footer for birdie to continue, but came up just short.

“This is awesome,” said Snedeker, the 2003 U.S. Amateur Public Links champion. “I’m kind of tearing up now since I’ve done so much work over the last year to get here.”

Snedeker also made it clear he knew exactly how his playing partner felt.

“I feel bad for Jeff (Quinney) because he played a great last round,” Snedeker said. “I was through that two weeks ago, so I know how he’s feeling.”

Busy stretch: John Turcott had quite a week leading to the Scholarship America Showdown. He married his high school sweetheart, Christie, the Saturday before. On Monday, Turcott shot 66 and gained one of 14 spots through open qualifying.

“I got a case of the Mondays and for once it was a good Monday,” Turcott said. “It’s been my dream to play out here since I was little. You’ve got to follow your dreams I guess.”

If he would have missed out on the spot, the Turcotts would have begun an 11-hour trip to Winnipeg, where he would have played in the Canadian Tour stop for the week, the MTS Classic. Turcott took full advantage of his spot, staying atop the leaderboard for 54 holes. He tied for sixth with a 12-under 276 and earned a spot in this week’s Price Cutter Charity Championship.

Mike’s mindset: Mike Perez, who was one shot off the lead after the second round and finished tied for 17th with a 279 total, continued working on his mental game at Somerby.

Perez, younger brother of PGA Tour pro Pat Perez, missed the cut in his previous start this season. His temperament and aggressive style have cost him in previous tournaments, but assistance from family and friends has helped him calm down on the course and the results are evident. “I could get a little fired up here and there, and my way wasn’t working the last couple of years on this tour,” Perez said. “I’m trying something different and letting the chips falls where they may. I know I can hit the shots, and now I’m playing with the right attitude. It’s working so far.”

Short shots: Johnson Wagner, who won the Chitimacha Louisiana Open March 26, recorded a double-eagle 2 on the opening hole of the

third round. He holed his 3-wood from 270 yards out. Wagner tied for 24th. (Wagner was profiled in Golfweek’s instruction debut, July 15). . . . Quinney started the first round on the back nine and made the turn with a birdie-birdie-birdie-eagle finish, the best birdie-eagle streak in the tournament’s history. . . . Fourth-year Nationwide player Kyle Thompson shared the lead at 12-under 204 after the third round. Still searching for his first win on tour, Thompson shot 70 Sunday to tie for third.

– Staff and wire reports

On the tee

Next up: Preferred Health Systems Wichita Open, July 24-30, Crestview Country Club, Wichita, Kan. 2005 champion: Joe Daley.

The buzz: Daley, who tied for 17th at the Scholarship America Showdown, will try to defend his title at a course with typically low scores.

The 18-hole record was set last year by Deane Pappas (62).

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