Snedeker wins Tour Champ and FedEx Cup

22:28, Sep 23 2012
Brandt Snedeker
RECORD PAYOUT: Brandt Snedeker won both the Tour Championship and the FedEx Cup.

Brandt Snedeker played the round of his life and claimed the biggest payoff in golf.

Snedeker, needing to win the Tour Championship on Sunday (local time) to beat out Rory McIlroy for the FedEx Cup, made three big birdies on the back nine at East Lake and pulled away to win both trophies.

He hit his final tee shot into the grandstands behind the 18th green, but by then it didn't matter. Snedeker collected US$1.44 million (NZ$1.73m) for winning the Tour Championship, his second title of the year.

And he won US$10 million (NZ$12m) for capturing the FedEx Cup, which comes with a five-year exemption on the PGA Tour.

He closed with a 2-under 68 to finish at 10 under, three strokes ahead of Justin Rose. McIlroy and Tiger Woods, both of whom could have won the FedEx Cup with a victory Sunday, faded early and were never a factor.

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