Brandt Snedeker explains why Nashville deserves a PGA Tour event

Aug 19, 2018; Greensboro, NC, USA; Brandt Snedeker celebrates after sinking a birdie putt on the final hole to win the Wyndham Championship golf tournament at Sedgefield Country Club. Mandatory Credit: Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports Rob Kinnan/USA TODAY Sports

Brandt Snedeker explains why Nashville deserves a PGA Tour event

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Brandt Snedeker explains why Nashville deserves a PGA Tour event

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Nashville resident and PGA Tour player Brandt Snedeker loves pro football and hockey being in town and looks forward to the arrival of pro soccer.

But Snedeker is not content with Nashville’s current pro sports landscape.

The former Vanderbilt All-American won’t be happy until pro golf returns to town in a bigger way than ever before.

With all the growth that is taking place Snedeker said the time is right for the PGA to bring a tour stop to Nashville.

“I talk to the PGA Tour about this all of the time,” Snedeker said. “They’re always looking at emerging markets and Nashville has popped up on their screen several times. This city is growing so fast that there’s a huge opportunity for us to do something special in the golf community.”

Snedeker already is involved in the Web.com Tour’s Nashville Golf Open Benefiting the Snedeker Foundation, which is Thursday-Sunday at Nashville Golf and Athletic Club.

He sees that tournament as a proving ground for the PGA Tour.

“We’ve got to show (the PGA Tour) that we can handle an event,” Snedeker said. “It’s as simple as that. We’ve got to have fans showing up out here, making sure that we’re supporting this event in the right way and that the business community is behind it.”

The whopping success of the NFL Draft is something else Snedeker plans to use while making his case with the PGA Tour.

“I was in downtown Thursday night for the first round of the draft and to see 200,000 people on Broadway is something I never thought I’d see,” Snedeker said. “It’s really cool to see how this town supports sports; the Titans and the Predators over the last couple of years. Hopefully we’re going to see some of that here with the golf community.”

Snedeker said there are other PGA Tour players who would like to see a tournament here.

“The players want it to happen; the players all love coming to this city,” he said. “Are you kidding me? They all saw what happened at the draft and I got so many texts saying, ‘Oh my gosh, I can’t believe what the scene looked like downtown.’ Getting people here is not going to be a problem. It’s going to be about making sure the business leaders get behind it and are willing to maintain it and keep it here.”

Pro golf has been in Nashville before, but not at the level Snedeker wants to see it.

The Sara Lee Classic on the LPGA Tour was played at Hermitage Golf Course from 1988-1999 and then three years at the Legends Club in Franklin when it became the Electrolux Championship.

The BellSouth Senior Classic was played a Gaylord Springs Golf Links from 1994-2003.

“Golf’s popularity is growing again in my opinion,” Snedeker said. “Obviously seeing what Tiger (Woods) did at the Masters, but even before that I feel like there is such a large junior golf area out there where people want to be playing golf. It’s the kind of sport that doesn’t have all of these injury issues a bunch of these other sports have to deal with. Golf is a great long term play for a lot of people in the world.”

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