Golf

RBC Heritage Player in Focus: Brandt Snedeker

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This week’s RBC Heritage tournament is going to provide a very tough test for the PGA Tour golfers in the field. Harbour Town Golf Links is a notoriously tight track that requires just about every shot to be executed with precision. The field is littered with golfers ranked in the top 25 in the world which makes pulling out a victory even more difficult.

Brandt Snedeker was in the hunt heading into the final round at The Masters last week but faltered late. That letdown is something that Snedeker experienced before, having let the green jacket slip through his fingertips in 2008, as well. He was crushed that year, visibly breaking down in tears after the event. It took him about a month to get his game back into shape.

He’s a much better golfer now than he was in 2008. Snedeker is the reigning FedEx Cup champion and consistently has himself in the top 10 in tournaments. His experiences at Augusta National have also strengthened his resolve and made him more focused mentally. Snedeker was able to finish tied for fourth last week despite taking a month off from February to March in an attempt to allow a nagging rib injury to heal. A break from competitive golf of that length is sure to leave some residual rust on a golf game, but Snedeker was able to round into form surprisingly quickly.

I expect him to only continue to get better as the weeks progress which is why I have him as one of my favorites for this week’s tournament. He clearly enjoys this course, having won the event in 2011. I also think this is a statement event for Snedeker. He is going to want to prove that he won’t let his disappointment from The Masters impact the rest of his season.

Carl Conrad is the Senior Golf Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter or add him to your network on Google.