Brandt severely jet Lagged, and minus clubs in Spain May 17 2012


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Brandt Snedeker has had a nightmare flight from Miami to Madrid to compete in The Volvo World Match Play Championship. The aircraft  had to make an emergency landing after a passenger suffered a heart attack, and required urgent medical attention. After about a four hour delay on the ground, Brandt finally arrived in Malaga, minus his suitcase and clubs. Brandt was forced to use a makeshift set for Wednesday's pro-am, he said of his extra long flight;

"It's been weird. It's been a long couple of days, but it's worth it to get here. We had to make the emergency landing in the middle of the ocean out in the Azores and spent three or four hours on the runway dealing with that situation. So I'm a bit tired. I'm trying my best not to nap before tonight, that will be the main thing. I love match play. The one-on-one situations, when you can dictate the match by how you play, there is a lot of strategy involved. I love having one man to beat instead of 130-140 other guys. There's a lot more pressure on every putt, which I kind of like."

He tee's off on Thursday against Denmark's Thomas Bjorn, both of them are the only representatives of their respective countries.  He will need a good night's sleep before he starts his bid to become the first U.S. player to win the event since Mark O'Meara in 1998.

Brandt missed out on selection for the 2010 Ryder Cup, but believes he's in good shape to make the team for the first time.

"There's a long way to go before that, but that's a main goal of mine this year," he said. "There's a lot of golf left, but winning this week would be a step in the right direction. "I'm trying to get back into form after missing the cut at the Players last week, but I'm not too far off. I have been playing some good golf and my short game's in good shape. I love coming over to Europe, the culture and the lifestyle. It really is my cup of tea here. I just always play bad, for some reason. I'm going to really need those clubs to arrive." Since Brandt's win at the Farmers Insurance Open in January, he has only finished in the top ten once. That was at the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship the following month. That could be a good omen for Brandt as the $3.5 million event this week in Spain, will be played using the same match-play format. A successful few days by Snedeker will give U.S. team captain Davis Love III a nudge ahead of the Ryder Cup against Europe in September. Ian Poulter is the defending champion of this event, and seems in good heart, he loves matchplay.