Snedeker in a New York state of mind

Brandt Snedeker.
Brandt Snedeker. DAN PELED

You would not expect a golfer shooting 84 in a tournament in Australia to makes headlines in the New York Times.

But that's what happened to American professional Brandt Snedeker after his horror 12-over par opening round at the $1.75 million Australian PGA Championship, co-sanctioned by the European Tour on a windswept and re-vamped Royal Pines Resort course on the Gold Coast.

Former world-ranked amateur Zander Lombard from Pretoria in South Africa, who has missed 14 cuts in 29 tournaments this year, emerged a surprise first round leader after a five-under par 67 in the afternoon.

He leads by two shots from England's Mark Foster (69), with another South African, Dylan Frittelli, and Victoria's Ashley Hall on 70. Aussies Todd Sinnott and Adam Stephens were the only other players to better par, finishing at one-under.

Snedeker's woeful round for such a world class player was a feature sports story on the major American newspaper's website soon after he walked off the course, shaking his head in disbelief.

"It was just a horrible day," Snedeker, the highest-ranked player at 38 in the PGA field, said.

"There is nothing else to say. I wish I could put a spin on it. I think the conditions obviously played a part in it. But I think it was more execution than conditions.

"When you're not firing on all cylinders and the wind is blowing the way it did out here, your mistakes are going to be exacerbated.

"Mine were."


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