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Bridgestone Invitational Golf Tournament

Brandt Snedeker rested for big summer stretch

By Marla Ridenour Published: July 31, 2013

The Bridgestone Invitational begins a brutal stretch on the PGA Tour that includes next week’s PGA Championship, the FedExCup playoffs and the President’s Cup. Brandt Snedeker said he prepared by taking four out of five weeks off in April and May and another three-out-of-four week break between the U.S. Open and British Open.

After winning the RBC Canadian Open Sunday, Snedeker said he didn’t pick up a club for two days. He and wife Mandy took their 2½-year-old daughter Lily and 9-month-old son Austin to the Akron Zoo Tuesday.

Snedeker said the penquins and the otters were the highlight for Lily.

“She’s still a little depressed they didn’t have a giraffe, but we can go to Cleveland Zoo, I guess,” Snedeker said.

Snedeker said Lily is now old enough to realize what her dad does for a living.

“She told me, ‘No golf today,’ when I left this morning,” Snedeker said. “I can’t wait to get to the age where she really does clearly understand what I do and what’s going on.”

Snedeker said he still hasn’t decided what he is going to get Hunter and Kandi Mahan after the birth of their daughter Zoe early Sunday morning. Mahan was leading the Canadian Open after 36 holes, but withdrew when he received word his wife had gone into labor.

“It’s going to be a nice gift, I’ll tell you that,”  Snedeker said.

Snedeker, 32, has totaled six career victories and won nearly $21 million, but doesn’t think he belongs in the category of ‘best player never to win a major.’

“No, no, I’m still relatively new at this,” he said. “There are still a bunch of guys who have had way better careers than I’ve had that are lacking that one thing. It’s going to be a lot of fun trying. I’ve still got a long ways to go.”

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