Snedeker sets tour record with Pebble Beach win
With a 22-under winning total, Brandt Snedeker set a tournament record in the PGA Tour event at Pebble Beach on Sunday.
The American made one bogey all week, becoming just the fifth player in the last decade to make one bogey or fewer in a 72-hole PGA Tour event. His three shot win over fellow countryman Nick Watney was Snedeker’s seventh PGA Tour title, his second at Pebble Beach, and earned an invitation to play the Masters for the eighth time in his career.
Brandt Snedeker (Credit: Anthony Powter)
The victory also gets Snedeker into the WGC-Cadillac Championship to set up a solid 2015 season after spending most of 2014 out with injury.
“I just put a lot of hard work in,” said Snedeker.
“I don’t like playing golf and not feeling like I can compete and win. For six months, eight months of last year I didn’t feel I could do that. I didn’t feel like my game was where it needed to be, it wasn’t sharp. This week was different. So it’s a big win for a lot of different reasons.”
Charlie Beljan was third at 18-under, with Jason Day having another impressive tournament finishing in a tie for fourth at 17-under with Dustin Johnson.
Coming off his victory at Torrey Pines a week earlier, world No.4 Day charged into contention on Sunday, getting within two shots of the lead, but two late bogeys at the 15th and 17th proved costly.
“I’m a little disappointed with how I finished,” said Day.
“Not so much as in where I finished in score‑wise and position wise, just I gave myself a lot of opportunities coming in and just hit the ball too hard on the greens.”
“And when you’re hitting it too hard and the pace is too hard, you just have to hit it through the break and I just didn’t capitalise.”
Fellow Aussie Matt Jones also secured a top-10 result finishing at 16-under to be in a tie for 7th with Jordan Spieth and Jim Furyk.
Greg Chalmers finished T51 at 8-under, with Aaron Baddeley a shot behind followed by Cameron Percy at 6-under to finish 57th.
The cut came in at 6-under with Oliver Goss, Stuart Appleby, Cameron Smith, Steven Bowditch, Scott Gardiner and Nathan Green all missing the final round.
Winning the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am may just be the springboard Brandt Snedeker needs moving forward. Obviously, the 34-year-old doesn’t need to validate his status on Tour, but it shows that he is back in top form after winning for the first time in 19 months.