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Snedeker: I'll beat their brains in

ESPN staff
September 27, 2012

US Ryder Cup rookie Brandt Snedeker has taken the light-hearted trash talking up a notch at Medinah by vowing to "beat the brains" of his European counterparts when they take to the course on Friday.

Europe's Ian Poulter raised the stakes when he asked himself aloud what it was that made him ready to "kill" some of his best friends on the Tour for the Ryder Cup, but Snedeker upped the ante with his take-no-prisoners attitude to the competition.

"I'm very, very competitive," said the Nashville native. "People don't get that, because I'm polite. But when I tee it up on Friday here, or tee it up against anybody, I'm going to try to beat their brains in as bad as I can."

Snedeker, who won the Tour Championship, and with it the FedEx Cup, on Sunday, is relishing the prospect of his first Ryder Cup, having followed the competition religiously as a youngster.

"I remember getting up every Friday, watching it all day, just going crazy," Snedeker said. "And then Saturday and Sunday were so much fun. It's kind of crazy to think that I'm on that TV this time - I'm out there with other kids watching me do what I'm supposed to be doing. It's going to be a lot of pressure.

"I want to show everybody that I am playing some great golf right now. It's going to be a lot of fun."

Having won the biggest single payday in the history of golf when he pocketed a combined $11.4 million in Atlanta, Snedeker is still riding the wave of his success in Chicago.

"It's been a crazy 72 hours," he said. "I can't put into words what's been going on. It's just a dream come true, really."

But the 32-year-old, one of four US rookies alongside major winners Keegan Bradley and Webb Simpson and two-time US PGA Tour winner Jason Dufner, is determined to make his mark when the competition begins on Friday.

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