For Brandt Snedeker, the next step is a major one
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Brandt Snedeker is clearly on a roll.
The FedExCup champion is coming off a two-shot victory Sunday at Pebble Beach in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, which gives him four wins since the start of 2011, tied with Tiger Woods and second to world No. 1 Rory McIroy (5).
Pretty soon, he might not be able to walk down the street without being mobbed. Which would be a good thing…and a not so good thing.
In five starts this year, Snedeker has a win, two second-place finishes and a third. His worst finish is a tie for 23rd in the Humana Challenge. His runner-up finishes came the previous two weeks of Pebble, behind Woods at the Farmers Insurance Open and behind Phil Mickelson at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.
The next steps for Snedeker: Being the top American, and winning a major.
Snedeker rises to No. 4 in the world rankings, making him the No. 2 American behind only Woods. There’s work to be done, but he’s getting there.
About the majors: Confidence might be the key. He has contended at majors before, including a tie for third in 2008 at the Masters that left him in tears at the end….
Snedeker proves mettle at Pebble
Brandt Snedeker is ready to distinguish himself among the PGA Tour’s elite after a strong win at Pebble Beach. Rocco Mediate made a big splash with the old elite. And Patrick Cantlay is simply trying to find a place with the elites.
Good to Great
In this job, readers often remind me that pro golf is bigger than just a handful of superstars who dominate the headlines. The PGA Tour is full of millionaires with a smattering of wins, including a major championship here and there. But the number of truly great players is very small.
Last week, Brandt Snedeker finished second to Phil Mickelson at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. The week before that, Snedeker was No. 2 to Tiger Woods at Torrey Pines. Sunday at Pebble Beach, Snedeker was second to no one.
That’s why there is all this buzz surrounding Rory McIlroy. There is the hope that the 23-year-old Northern Irishman might be the one to break the monotony on mere competency.
But it’s very difficult on a talent-laden PGA Tour for a player to distinguish his game from the fray. Over the past 20 years, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Vijay Singh have managed this feat, but they are anomalies.
Week after week, men mostly take turns sharing the victory podium. Good player after good player manages to put together a great week, where every part of their game comes together.
It was Brandt Snedeker’s turn this week at the AT&T National Pro-Am, where he shot a 7-under-par 65 on Sunday for 19-under total to beat Chris Kirk by two shots. It was Snedeker’s fifth career win. He has now shot under par in 18 of his 19 rounds on the year.
The 32-year-old former U.S. Amateur Public Links champion now has a win, three top-5s and a tie for 23rd in his five events on the year. The victory vaulted him to fourth in the world.
“I’ve won five times out here now,” Snedeker said. “Now it’s time to win majors.”
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