The Mister Congeniality Award

August 24, 2015

There’s something wrong with you if you don’t like Brandt Snedeker. He knows my face, from here and there, and we had an easy hello near the baked-goods case at a grocery store in Kohler, Wisc., on Wednesday night. On Saturday night, on the Whistling Straits driving range, Snedeker walked up to Brian Gaffney, the lone club pro to make the cut, introduced himself and gave him a hearty congratulatory handshake. I happened to be standing nearby.

A few minutes later, when I was walking past the practice putting green, there was Snedeker, giving a putting lesson to I think Y. E. Yang, his caddie and a couple others hanging around.

On Sunday night, I was in the players’ locker room, waiting to talk to Michael Greller, Jordan Spieth’s caddie, and there, by dint of an alphabetical seating chart, was Snedeker again. He praised Greller on the fine play he and Spieth had enjoyed in the year’s final major.

Greller said, “We were hoping to get to 17. We figured 17 would play off.” Spieth did finish 17 under par but Jason Day managed to go three shots lower than that.

“Seventeen to play off?” Snedeker said with his customary cheer. “I would have bet that!”

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