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How Brandt Snedeker took the $10 million FedEx Cup bonus

Brandt Snedeker won his second PGA title of the year at East Lake Sunday. Brandt Snedeker collected $1.44 million for the Tour Championship. and the $10 million bonus for capturing the FedEx Cup. Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods faded early and were never a factor.

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Brandt Snedeker reacts after winning the Tour Championship and the FedExCup on the 18th green during the final round of PGA golf tournament at the East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Georgia, September 23, 2012.

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Brandt Snedeker played the biggest round of his career for the biggest payoff in golf.

Needing to win the Tour Championship on Sunday to beat out Rory McIlroy for the FedEx Cup, Snedeker came up with three big birdies on the back nine at East Lake to take all the drama out the final day that had been loaded with possibilities.

Snedeker hit his final tee shot into the grandstand left the 18th green and made bogey. By then, it didn't matter. So dominant was his performance that he was the only player from the last five groups who managed to break par, closing with a 2-under 68.

Along the way, he answered any questions about why Davis Love III made him a captain's pick for the Ryder Cup next week at Medinah.

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Snedeker won by three shots over Justin Rose (71) in the Tour Championship, his second title of the year, and collected $1.44 million. And he won the $10 million bonus for capturing the FedEx Cup, which comes with a five-year exemption on the PGA Tour.

McIlroy and Tiger Woods, both of whom could have won the FedEx Cup with a victory Sunday, faded early and were never a factor.

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