By David Boclair
The roar of the crowd did not accompany Brandt Snedeker’s rise up the leaderboard Saturday.
The Nashville native — who is an unabashed fan of all things Vanderbilt, his alma mater — tied for fifth at the Rocket Mortgage Classic on the strength of a third-round 65 (7-under). He did so despite the fact that, as he lightheartedly noted, he was not necessarily a fan favorite.
The event was the first PGA Tour tournament ever in Detroit and the first in that city’s metropolitan area in a decade — and it started a day after Vanderbilt’s baseball team defeated Michigan in the College World Series championship. Snedeker even pointed out on Twitter during the week that he watched the baseball action “behind enemy lines.”
“We are surrounded by University of Michigan fans here,” he said following Saturday’s round, according to PGATour.com.
Following Friday’s second round, Snedeker was tied for 58th. Then he made five birdies, no bogeys and chipped in for an eagle, which put him in the top 20. He climbed another 11 spots with a 5-under (67) in Sunday’s final round.
As a result, Snedeker notched his third top five of the season and the second in his last four events. Saturday’s 65 matched his second best round of 2019. The only time he posted a better score was his second-round 60 at the RBC Canadian Open.
And he actually enjoyed his encounter with “the enemy.”
“I have been showered with ‘Thank you for coming to Detroit’ all week,” he said. “Literally, hundreds of times every day, the appreciation is unheard of. The way they have embraced this tournament is incredible.”
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