Brandt Snedeker and the 5 Lessons We Learned at the Heritage

Immer ChriswellCorrespondent IApril 25, 2011

Brandt Snedeker and the 5 Lessons We Learned at the Heritage

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    HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC - APRIL 24:  Brandt Snedeker poses with the trophy after defeating Luke Donald in a playoff during the final round of The Heritage at Harbour Town Golf Links on April 24, 2011 in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.  (Photo by Street
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    We have a new No. 1 in the world and it is not Luke Donald. It is once again Lee Westwood, thanks to Brandt Snedeker's come-from-behind victory Sunday.

    A six-stroke comeback says a lot about the man who won and the man who lost. Despite the fact that the big names in golf weren't out and about on the course, there were a lot of things to be taken from this tournament.

    That being said, a thing or two happened outside of the Heritage that also impacted golf.

    So what were this weekend's lessons?

Brandt Snedeker Plays Fast

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    HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC - APRIL 24:  Brandt Snedeker lines up a putt on the 18th hole during the final round of The Heritage at Harbour Town Golf Links on April 24, 2011 in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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    I guess it's kind of a known fact, but seriously, the guy doesn't slow down to think. His routine is only about five seconds long and then he's making a swing on the ball.

    On the PGA Tour, you would think he would have been taught differently.

    It's things like this that make Snedeker such an erratic player. Despite the fact he won Sunday, it leaves a lot to think about with his game.

Luke Donald Was That Close to Being No. 1

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    HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC - APRIL 24:  Luke Donald of England hits a shot from the sand on the 18th hole during the final round of The Heritage at Harbour Town Golf Links on April 24, 2011 in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Gett
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    A buried lie in a bunker away, he was. Luke Donald proved Sunday that he is so close to being the world's best golfer, statistically. Realistically, he was the best. He played great golf.

    Brandt Snedeker just played insane golf.

    Let's not forget this, either: It was brought up by a commentator that if Donald and Jim Furyk changed positions in the Tour Championship (Donald came in second), he would have won and would likely be the No. 1 right now.

    He's there every week in contention—maybe not winning, but always hunting.

Lee Westwood Was Able to Supplant Martin Kaymer, Thanks to a Flawed System

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    AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 10:  Lee Westwood of England putts during the final round of the 2011 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 10, 2011 in Augusta, Georgia.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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    Thanks to Brandt Snedeker's win, Lee Westwood was able to take the No. 1 spot in golf again.

    To be honest, it just shows what a joke that the system is.

    The biggest name outside of Westwood at the Asian Tour Indonesian Open was Thongchai Jaidee. Sorry, but to me a win on that tour counts for 40 percent of a real win, not 60.

    Had Donald won, he would have taken No. 1, leaving Westwood No. 2. Instead, Westwood takes No. 1 again.

When Snedeker Makes the Cut, He Finishes Well

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    HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC - APRIL 24:  Brandt Snedeker celebrates after defeating Luke Donald in a playoff on the 18th hole during the final round of The Heritage at Harbour Town Golf Links on April 24, 2011 in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.  (Photo by
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    In six cuts made, Brandt Snedeker has finished inside the top 25 each time and inside the top 10 five times. Not to mention he won Sunday.

    The thing is, he has missed five cuts.

    What does that mean for Snedeker?

    It's great to finish well in tournaments. But if he can't put his game at a level to make the cut in big tournaments, then the top 10s won't matter because he won't have a shot when it matters.

We May Not See This Jacket Next Year

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    HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC - APRIL 24:  Brandt Snedeker poses with the trophy after defeating Luke Donald in a playoff during the final round of The Heritage at Harbour Town Golf Links on April 24, 2011 in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.  (Photo by Street
    Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

    Without a title sponsor for 2012, the Heritage Classic is looking gone while Harbour Town's chances of staying only look slightly less grim.

    There's no doubt that another sponsor will come along, but whether it will be for The Heritage or not is yet to be seen.

    Most tour players who play here every year would tell you they would never want to see Harbour Town taken off the tournament locations because it is such a great course. Unfortunately, they don't control where this tournament goes.

    The guy with the money does.