PGA Tour Rookie of the Year Brandt Snedeker exceeded his expectations in 2007. For the year, the Vanderbilt University grad pocketed $2.8 million and had six top tens, including a victory at the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, North Carolina.
When asked yesterday at the Mercedes-Benz Championship if he was surprised by his early success, Snedeker said, “Yeah, definitely. I certainly didn't see it coming. I thought I had the game, I thought I could compete, but to come out here and have that kind of rookie season was something I really wasn't -- didn't get myself up for, but now that I'm there I have to work even harder and make sure I don't slump back and keep improving.”
As for 2008 goals, Brandt is aiming high.
“Ryder Cup is first and foremost in my mind,” Snedeker said. “To represent your country is such an honor. If I get Ryder Cup taken care of, it would be a pretty unbelievable year and something I'm looking forward to.”
Brandt carded a 71 in the opening round of the Mercedes-Benz Championship. Snedeker is currently ranked 47th in the world and finished 20th in the inaugural FedEx Cup.
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