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Brandt Snedeker was hoping to see big brother Haymes play in U.S. Mid-Am
Haymes Snedeker -- older brother of PGA Tour star Brandt Snedeker -- was hoping to have his little brother in his gallery for a change.
Haymes, 37 years old and winner of the Golf Channel's Big Break X five years ago, was competing in this week's U.S. Mid-Amateur at the Country Club of Birmingham in Birmingham, Ala.
Brandt, four years younger than Haymes, was hoping to catch first-round action in the Mid-Am on Monday. After Sunday's victory in the Presidents Cup, however, Brandt was too tired to get to Birmingham. So, he sent Haymes a text message saying he would head to Birmingham if Haymes won his first-round match.
It didn't pan out, as Rhode Islander Brad Valois handed the older Snedeker a 2-and-1 defeat.
"I know he was excited to come down here," Haymes, who works in real estate and is a part-time municipal judge in Fairhope, Ala., about 3 1/2 hours south of Birmingham, said in the USGA report. "It’s a shame I couldn't win one match."
One of the perks of winning Big Break in 2008 for Haymes, was a sponsor's exemption into the PGA Tour’s 2009 Children’s Miracle Classic at Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. That remains the only time since Brandt turned professional that the brothers were able to compete in the same event.
For the record, Brandt finished tied for 60th that week, while Haymes missed the cut.
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