Snedeker Wins AT&T Pebble Beach

Brandt Snedeker, 2012 FedEx Cup Winner Wins Pebble


dm_130210_PGA_Brandt_SnedekerTwo weeks ago, Brandt Snedeker tied for second at the San Diego PGA Tour event in Torrey Pines, behind Tiger Woods.  Last week he finished second to Phil Mickelson in Scottsdale.  Going into Sunday’s final round at the Pebble Beach National Pro Am, he was tied with Ted Potter Jr.

One of the best putters on tour, Snedeker appears unflappable.  Some golfers might find themselves discouraged when they posted a 24 under par for 72 holes in Scottsdale and didn’t win.  That score would have won in the 11 previous years.  But Mickelson, who started out red hot, posted a final score of 28 under par.

Besides his putting, Snedeker is known, and often admired for his rapid decision making and decisive play on the course.  He never appears to labor over a shot.  He assesses what must be done, addresses the ball, and makes his shot, the results of which are very good more often than not.  As one spectator was heard to remark, “He doesn’t waste any time.”  “I try not to think about it too much,” he said. “The more I think, typically, the worse things happen. I try to keep it pretty simple. Get over the ball, have a good thought and go for it.”

At Pebble, Snedeker didn’t have to worry about Tiger, he took the week off, and Phil stumbled from day one to stay far back with the rest of the pack.

As Snedeker walked to the 18th green, he was 19 under par, 2 ahead of Chris Kirk, who was in the clubhouse with a round of 66, and a 72 hole total of 17 under par.  Snedeker finished the day 7 under par, a score of 65 on the day.  His 4 day total of 67 gave him the tournament course record four 4 days play.

Snedeker was in control the entire day.  On the 2nd hole, a par 5, he sunk a 4 foot putt for an eagle 3.  He proceeded to birdy the 4th, 6th, and 7th.  He faltered once on the par four 9th when he surprisingly 3 putted to bogey the hole.  But he birdied the 10th and never had another misstep.  He birdied the 11th as well, and proceeded to par the rest until 17.  His tee shot on the par 3 hole landed just over 10 feet from the hole.  When he calmly found the bottom of the cup in two, it was all but over.

Snedeker leads the FedEx cup standings.  He is without a doubt the most consistent player in the game today.  He is ranked number one, but is he?  I don’t see how anyone else could wear that label.  He seems to be in contention in every tournament in which he plays.  He’s one of the “good guys”, and his quick play makes him a fan’s favorite as well.

James Turnage

Columnist-The Guardian Express

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