Snedeker triumphs at AT&T Pebble Beach
A red hot Brandt Snedeker continued a purple patch of form dating back to August last year, shooting a 7-under par 65 in the final round to win the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am by two shots from a gallant Chris Kirk.
The 32-year-old played flawlessly on the final day after a brilliant eagle on the par five 2nd stamped his authority on the field. After birdies at the tough 9th and 10th holes, Snedeker put on an exhibition of ‘fairways and greens’ golf to strangle the hopes of the chasing pack.
Brandt Snedeker (Credit: Anthony Powter)
When Snedeker holed from 10 feet on the dangerous 17th after a precise 7 iron, it allowed him the cushion of playing the iconic par-five 18th safely for a par to record his 5th PGA Tour victory and rise to No.4 in the World Golf Rankings.
“I definitely didn’t want to do anything but win today,” he said. “I was out there for one purpose and one purpose only, and I was extremely focused all day. I did a great job of staying patient and I did a great job of playing the golf course the way you’re supposed to play it.”
Snedeker’s 19-under par total was two clear of Kirk with Kevin Stadler, Jimmy Walker and rookie James Hahn tied for 3rd at 14-under.
Australian Jason Day recorded his 2nd top ten of the season to finish 6th at 13-under while Aaron Baddeley also continued his strong start to the year with a tie for 12th at 10-under.
Snedeker has been on a tremendous streak since missing the cut at the PGA Championship last August, recording 33 sub-par rounds from 37 dating back to the first round of the Wyndham Championship.
In that time, he captured the 2012 Tour Championship and FedEx Cup, played in his first Ryder Cup and had finished 2nd in two consecutive starts to no less than Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson prior to Pebble Beach.
With this win, he became the first player on Tour since 1990 to record a win after consecutive runner-up finishes.
“Just hard to put into words, to have a stretch of golf like I had the last couple of months,” Snedeker said. “Something you dream about. Something you think that you can do, but you don’t really know until you actually put it together. And I have.”
“I’m really enjoying this, and hopefully can parlay this into the best year of my career.”