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