Brandt Snedeker Ready To Take Over As Top American Golfer?

Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

We’re barely two months into the calendar year for 2013, and it already looks like it’s going to be a terrific one for Brandt Snedeker.

Snedeker is coming off of his first win of the new PGA Tour season, taking home the top spot at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am over the weekend. The win saw him rise to no. 4 in the world rankings, and if what we’ve seen from him so far this year is any indication, then he’s in store for a big year.

The weekend prior to Pebble Beach, Snedeker gave Phil Mickelson and his historic performance in the desert a run for his money at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. He still came up short by four strokes, but shot a terrific 24-under for the weekend. Even the weekend before that saw a second place finish for Snedeker.

He finished as the runner-up to Tiger Woods at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines. If it weren’t for a poor second round, he may have ended up with a better score than the minus-10 he finished with. A pair of second place finishes, a third place, and a win aren’t bad to start the year. Forget about the 23rd place finish he has to round out the first five tournaments of 2013.

Snedeker has four wins since the beginning of the 2011 season. He’s tied with Woods for second in that department, as the two trail only Rory McIlroy. Of course, what has eluded him over the course of his career has been a major victory. Could we see at least one of those head in his direction this year?

It’s certainly possible. Snedeker has a confidence about him this season that has been really impressive to see. He came out on Sunday at Pebble Beach and rolled to a victory. After consecutive second place finishes, the importance of that win, as far as his confidence is concerned, cannot be overstated.

It’s pretty clear that Brandt Snedeker is going to make some noise this season. With the Masters just about two months away, it will be interesting to see what type of performance he can set forth if his confidence continues to build in the way it has in the early going in 2013.

If that happens, we could see Snedeker climb the world rankings enough to surpass Tiger Woods as the no. 1 American golfer in the world.