Snedeker eager for Ryder Cup place


Brandt Snedeker is determined to seal his place in Davis Love III's 2016 Ryder Cup selection as he looks to secure a return to the United States team.

The 34-year-old was part of Love's side that saw a Saturday lead turn into Sunday defeat in 2012, Europe overturning a six-point deficit to win 14 1/2 to 13 1/2 at Medinah Country Club.

Snedeker did not feature under Tom Watson two years later as the US were beaten again, but he hopes to have a successful 2016 to fight his way back into contention.

Hazeltine National Golf Club in Minnesota will host the next edition of the competition in late September and Snedeker is desperate to be part of Love's plans.

"The Ryder Cup is just a huge deal for us," he told the European Tour website. "Having Davis Love be our captain again, I think every American is trying to make that team because of what it means for us.

"Every year you start off trying to win. When you win it takes care of a lot of problems, it takes care of a lot of issues. So that's what my goal is, just to get back in the winner's circle again and, in major championships, just have chances.

"There's only four of them a year and it's very, very tough timing, making sure you're playing great those four weeks. But giving yourself chances is all you can really do. 

"That's my main goal, to give myself chances in a couple of majors and try to get a win. If not one, more than one and then Ryder Cup.

"That's all kind of right there in my mirror, I see it every day, kind of my goals I write out every year and this is a starting moment for that. So I need to make sure I'm off on the right foot."

Snedeker enjoyed two of his best finishes in majors this year, claiming a tie for 12th at the US PGA Championship and a tie for eighth at the U.S. Open.