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“I’m not here to get a good finish,” he said. “I’m not here to finish top five. I’m here to win, and that’s all I’m going to be focused on tomorrow. I realize what I have to do to do that, and I’m going to do everything I can to make sure that happens.”

Nerves weren’t an issue, Snedeker said. His putter was.

“I did not putt the way you’re supposed to putt around Augusta, I just never had the speed,” Snedeker said. “If I putt the way I normally putt and don’t make those two loose swings, I’m right there with a chance to win the golf tournament.

“But I’m pretty excited with the way I played,” he said. “I know that if I do that again, play the exact same way again and I putt the way I normally do, I got a chance.”

That’s why there were no tears.

Make no mistake, though, this finish was every bit as gutting as that one in 2008, even if it didn’t look it.

“It’s going to be more difficult tonight because I had a really good chance at the end of the day if I do what I normally do,” he said. “It will be tough to sit there and watch the playoff and actually hear what happens. It’s going to be a tough night. A tough couple days.”