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Snedeker wins Match Play with borrowed clubs

An emergency landing in the mid-Atlantic three days before, lost luggage and clubs, a back-up driver borrowed from a fellow pro, and irons and putter from a pro shop. Brandt Snedeker's preparation for his World Match Play Championship opener against Danish veteran Thomas Bjorn to say the least could have been better.

And yet with just 10 clubs in a replacement bag, Snedeker defeated Bjorn 5 and 4.

''So, a kind of weird day to say the least,'' said Snedeker.

A dramatic emergency landing in the Azores, during his flight from Miami to Madrid, meant that Snedekder turned up at the Finca Cortesin in Casares Spain minus sleep, his bags and his clubs.

Fortunately, Australian John Senden lent Snedeker his reserve driver and putters and irons were sought from the pro shop.

''It actually worked out well — I think it's my driver now and no longer his,'' said Snedeker.

The Nashville-native played so well with the clubs, that when his own finally arrived, during the fourth tee, he kept on with the new putter.

''They haven't charged me for it yet,'' he said. ''I'm sure it will be a hundred bucks, but it will be well worth it.''

''My putter has been in the bag for six years, and it would be pretty hard to take it out after one decent day,'' Snedeker added. ''But right now, it would be pretty hard to take out the putter I had today.''

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