Snedeker eager to try to win again at a course he's never played

Brandt Snedeker is counting on happy memories to help him at a place he’s never played.

The Nashville native and Vanderbilt graduate is the defending champion of the RBC Canadian Open, which begins Thursday at Royal Montreal Golf Club.

The tournament has switched courses from year to year beginning in 2011. Last year Snedeker recorded a three-stroke victory – his sixth PGA Tour championship – at Glen Abbey Golf Course in Ontario.

The last time Royal Montreal hosted was 2001, three years before Snedeker made his PGA Tour debut.

“I'm excited about that, still have great memories here,” Snedeker said earlier this week. “And even though I haven't played this golf course, it still feels great to be back and seeing my name on the leaderboard or seeing my picture around here. It gives you some confidence knowing that you've done it before, you can do it again.”

Snedeker has yet to win the same event in consecutive years. The closest he came was the 2013 Farmers Insurance Open when he finished tied four second, four strokes behind Tiger Woods. He won the 2012 title in a playoff.

A look at Snedeker’s PGA Tour victories and how he fared the following year:

• 2007 Wyndam Championship (tied for 69th in 2008)
• 2011 The Heritage (tied for 17th in 2012)
• 2012 Farmers Insurance Open (tied for second in 2013)
• 2012 Tour Championship (tied for 20th in 2013)
• 2013 AT&T Pebble Beach (missed the cut in 2014)
• 2013 RBC Canadian Open (TBD)

He is scheduled to tee off from No. 10 at 7 a.m. (CDT) Thursday in a group with Dustin Johnson and Hunter Mahan. Last year, Mahan was leading in the third round when he suddenly withdrew to be with his wife for the birth of their child, a decision that cleared the way for Snedeker to win.

 “I obviously haven't played Royal Montreal before, but I've heard great things about it, and I remember watching the Presidents Cup on TV and seeing a great finishing stretch of holes and realizing it probably is going to be the determining factor this week on who wins and who doesn't is how you play that last great stretch of golf,” Snedeker said. “So excited about getting out there and trying to defend my championship.”

Jul 24, 2014 5:05 AM