Snedeker did not sleep well Sunday night, reliving a Masters Sunday that began with him owning a share of the lead with 18 holes to play. He birdied the first hole in the final round and briefly had the lead. That was as good as it would get for Snedeker at Augusta this year.
On a Sunday desperate for someone to seize the gray, damp day, Snedeker let it slip. He was still within two when he made the turn but four back-nine bogeys did him in. His putting touch deserted him. It was like Astaire losing the beat.
“Driving down here in four hours and the kids screaming the whole time, pretty much wakes you up to reality real quick. Getting down here is very therapeutic,” Snedeker said, the sound of the island breeze soft in the background.
The Masters lingers. The gates to Augusta National may close after the tournament but the story doesn’t end. As Scott adjusts to being a major champion having ignited an extended celebration in Australia, the echoes and ripples are slow to fade. The Tiger ruling continues to incite debate. Fourteen-year Guan Tianlang receives a sponsor invitation to the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, no doubt angering the struggling Tour pro who needed that spot.