Brandt Snedeker has finished second to Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson for the last two weeks on the US PGA Tour but looks in excellent shape in the AT & T Pebble Beach National Pro-AM which finishes on Sunday afternoon.
At 12 under par Snedeker is the joint leader with James Hahn and appears set to win this tournament and go to the top of the FedEx Cup standings. His third round 68 included four successive birdies at the end of the front nine and just two blemishes.
Snedeker won his first three tournaments from off the pace, including last year’s Farmers Insurance Open when he came from six back in the final round to beat Kyle Stanley in a play-off. Up until last season Snedeker had wasted several winning opportunities when he was unable to convert leads in the final round to wins.
The Pebble Beach joint leader proved in last season’s Tour Championship that he can lead from the front. A victory in that event secured the FedEx Cup and $10 million bonus. That huge prize didn’t seem to affect Snedeker too much and he commented there was no point buying a new car when there was a perfectly adequate vehicle in the garage.
Snedeker is currently at a career high of number six in the world rankings and if he wins today will move further up the standings. Rory McIlroy has a significant lead but it is feasible that Snedeker could reach the pinnacle of the game this season if he wins a major and several more regular tournaments.
Hahn was born in South Korea but is now an American by residency. He attended the University of California at Berkeley and turned pro in 2003. He has made the cut in four tournaments this year but has a tough assignment to beat Snedeker at the top of his game at Pebble Beach today.