While Phil Mickelson has gotten the vast majority of the press after his impressive win at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, Brandt Snedker has been at the top of his golf game over the last three weeks. He was in contention at the two events leading up to the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am and takes a share of the lead heading in Saturday this week. Snedeker currently shares the 36 -hole lead with Ted Potter Jr. The duo has a one shot lead over a group of four golfers and a two shot lead over another four.
Two weeks ago at the Farmers Insurance Open, Snedeker finished tied for second and four strokes back of Tiger Woods. He finished that event tied for fifth in driving accuracy. Unfortunately for the field, there was no catching Tiger at Torrey Pines.
Last week at TPC Scottsdale, the feeling over the weekend was that Snedeker was the only one with a legitimate shot to catch Mickelson, who was at the top of his game. Despite his best effort, the 2012 FedEx Cup champion once again came up four shots shy of the leader.
This week, Snedeker is continuing his hot streak at Pebble Beach. After two rounds he is eight under par and has showed no signs of slowing down. He doesn’t have to worry about contending with Tiger this week, who decided not to make the trip, and Mickelson is currently six shots off of the lead. The biggest name that Snedeker has to worry about is Hunter Mahan, who is tied for second heading into the weekend.
Snedeker recorded six birdies and two bogeys in his first round. His second round saw four birdies and no bogeys. The fact that he carded two consecutive rounds at four under par is indicative of the consistency with which he has been playing for the better part of the last month.
In four events on the PGA Tour this year, Sneds has three top 10 finishes. That solid play has him at the top of the FedEx Cup standings one again. If he is able to hold on to the top spot this week, he’s only going to strengthen his position at the top and will likely move up a few spots in the official world golf rankings, where he is currently sixth.