Brandt Snedeker has two rounds remaining to become the first Bridgestone Golf staff player to win a major championship on the PGA Tour with the company’s irons (J40 Cavity Back) and golf ball (Tour B330). At 10-under par, Snedeker takes a one-shot into tomorrow’s third round of the Open Championship.
Snedeker, who won the Farmers Insurance open at Torrey Pines this past January, switched this year to the new generation Bridgestone Tour B330 from the Tour B330s.
The last player to win a major championship on the Tour with a Bridgestone ball was in 1998 when Lee Janzen won the U.S. with a Precept, which was the Bridgestone brand in the U.S. until 2005 when Bridgestone entered the American market under its own name.
If Snedeker wins the Open, however, he won’t be the first Bridgestone staff player to win a major. Paula Creamer won the 2010 Women’s U.S. Open with a Bridgestone Tour B330 RX and Fred Couples won last year’s Senior Players Championship with Bridgestone J38 Dual Pocket Cavity irons and a Bridgestone Tour B330 golf ball.