By David Boclair
Golf is not just a game to Brandt Snedeker.
It is also his business and the Nashville native proved once again over the weekend that he could handle his business.
Snedeker produced one of the best days of his PGA Tour career Friday when he made eight birdies and one eagle in the second round of the RBC Canadian Open. The score, 60, was significant in that it was the best by any player over the four rounds at the Hamilton Golf and Country Club and because it earned him a place among a select few PGA Tour players ever.
It also was notable because the event’s title sponsor, RBC (Royal Bank of Canada), is one of Snedeker’s primary sponsors.
His nine career victories include two at the Wyndham Championship (2007, 2018) and one at the RBC Canadian Open (2013).
This time, he tied for fourth — his best finish of the season — following a pair 69s over the weekend.
“I hold this tournament up a little bit more just because of what it means to me being a past champion,” he said Friday. “I feel like over the course of my career, when I win a tournament, I seem to go back and win it again. I play tournaments I like. I like the golf courses.
“… The people up here are just so nice and I feel like I’m part Canadian. They treat me like one, so [it is] always cool to get out there and see all the fans and have a great time up here.”
With Friday’s round, Snedeker joined Jim Furyk, Phil Mickelson and Zach Johnson as the only players in PGA Tour history with two or more rounds of 60 or better. He also became the first player since 1983 with rounds of 59, 60 and 61.
Starting on No. 10, he birdied two of his first three holes and was 4-under at the turn. He got to 9-under through 15 when he made an eagle at No. 4 followed by consecutive birdies on Nos. 5 and 6. He followed consecutive pars with a birdie on his final hole.
“You get one those days every once in a while, and so I did the best I could taking advantage of it,” Snedeker said. “I tried to make sure I made every putt (Friday), and I don’t know how many feet of putts I made, but it was really fun to see that ball go in the way it did.”
It did not hurt that he did so with some important business connections watching.
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