By David Boclair
Brandt Snedeker did not have to think long and hard about the last time he made two eagles in a three-hole stretch at a PGA Tour event. He did have to go back a way in his memory bank, though.
“My rookie year on Tour when I shot 61 in San Diego, I did it,” he said. “That would be about the last time.”
Snedeker’s third-round 63 (8-under) Saturday at The Northern Trust included eagles on Nos. 6 and 8 at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City. His round, which started in the morning and before the winds picked up later in the day, also included five birdies and a bogey, which came between the two eagles.
The first eagle came after a 318-yard drive left him 213 yards from the hole. He hit an approach shot to 10 feet and made the putt. On No. 8, a longer par-5, another 318-yard drive left him 283 yards away. His approach shot ended up three feet from the hole.
That brief stretch doubled his number of eagles on tour this season. Before that, he had just two in 89 rounds.
“Just the way the golf course played (Saturday),” he said. “The way the wind (was) blowing, you’re able to get to those two par 5s relatively easily and [I] just took advantage of it.
“… I’m not making two eagles in a round very often. Nice to go out and post a low one.”
The performance left him tied for third with 18 holes to play. He shot an even-par 71 on Sunday (no eagles) and finished tied for sixth but gained important spots in the FedEx Cup standings. Snedeker entered the week 33rd. Only the top 30 at the end of the week advance to next week’s Tour Championship, an event for which he failed to qualify each of the past two years.