PGA Tour Championship 2012: Day 4 Leaderboard Updates, Highlights and More

Pete SchauerCorrespondent ISeptember 23, 2012

ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 23:  Brandt Snedeker celebrates on the 18th green after his three stroke victory at the TOUR Championship to clinch the FedExCup during the final round of the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola at East Lake Golf Club on September 23, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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It was a sweet victory for American Brandt Snedeker on Sunday, as his win in the PGA Tour Championship also netted him the FedEx Cup.

Snedeker needed to win the Tour Championship at East Lake in order to beat out Rory McIlroy for the FedEx Cup and he certainly seized the opportunity, shooting a 68 in the final round to finish the tournament at minus-10 for the victory.

The PGA made it official via this tweet:

With that tap-in, Brandt Snedeker is the newest $10 Million Man on the PGA TOUR. He is your @playofffinale and #FedexCup champ!

— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) September 23, 2012


Snedeker edged out Justin Rose, whose 71 on Sunday doomed his hopes of winning the tournament.

Snedeker was impressive throughout the tournament. After shooting a 70 in the second round, he came back with a 64 in Round 3, highlighted by six birdies and the rest pars.

Both Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy each had an opportunity to win the FedEx Cup with a win on Sunday but dissolved as the final round went on.

Woods and McIlroy made headlines this week after Greg Norman told reporters he believed Woods was intimidated by the 23-year-old phenom (h/t ESPN).

What I'm seeing is that Tiger's really intimidated by Rory. When have you ever seen him intimidated by another player? Never. But I think he knows his time's up and that's normal; these things tend to go in 15-year cycles.

Both McIlroy and Woods were quick to squash the rumors of a rivalry or any intimidation factor, to which I believe is more of a mutual respect between two superstar golfers.

Woods finished the tournament at minus-two while McIlroy finished tied for 10th at minus-one, with both golfers shooting in the 70s to close out the final round of the tournament.

This marks Snedeker's second title of the year and it's got to mean a lot to do it against guys like McIlroy and Woods. They're two of the premier golfers in the world and Snedeker bested them both on this day.

Snedeker proved that it's not always about the longest drive, but rather playing mistake-free golf and hitting your fairways that can lead to tournament titles.

Here's a look at the final Top 10 leaderboard for the 2012 PGA Tour Championship:

Place Golfer Score
1 Brandt Snedeker -10
2 Justin Rose -7
T3 Luke Donald -6
T3 Ryan Moore -6
T5 Webb Simpson -5
T5 Bubba Watson -5
7 Jim Furyk -3
T8 Hunter Mahan -2
T8 Tiger Woods -2
T10 Dustin Johnson -1


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