Brandt Snedeker, Finally Healthy, Is a Contender Once Again

By Brandon Raper
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A veteran of the PGA Tour who won multiple tournaments last season before starting 2014 in disappointing fashion is finally recovering from injuries and appears ready to make a run this summer. No, this isn’t about Tiger Woods. It’s about Brandt Snedeker, and things could be getting back on track at the perfect time.

Snedeker’s been through a lot over the last year. He won the 2013 RBC Canadian Open (following Hunter Mahan‘s withdrawal), and despite a short slump in late summer, he closed strong with a top ten in the BMW Championship and a top-20 at the Tour Championship. In a year dominated by Woods, it was about as successful a season as anybody could have.

Then the injuries hit. First a leg injury in November, then nagging hip and back problems that have lingered for much of this year. Even though it hasn’t cost Snedeker any time, it’s been obvious that something just hasn’t been right with him. However, after backing up a ninth-place tie at the U.S. Open with a tie for 11th at the Travelers Championship this past week, the pieces seem to be falling into place.

Snedeker is in action again this week at the Quicken Loans National, and we should get another good look at his progress. Congressional has always worked well for the Vanderbilt grad, as Snedeker has scored top-ten finishes in three of his four starts at the track just outside the nation’s capital. Even better, the smooth putting stroke that has been Snedeker’s calling card for years seems to be in line once again. He switched out the flat stick at Pinehurst, and it looks like one of the best decisions he’s ever made.

I’m expecting some big things out of Brandt Snedeker this summer, and a run at the elusive first major wouldn’t even be a surprise if he can remain healthy and continue to grow. When you’re not watching Tiger this week, make sure to follow Snedeker’s progress, as he could be a big factor down the stretch.

Brandon Raper is the lead golf writer for Rant Sports. “Like” him on Facebook, follow him on Twitter @Brandon__Raper, and join him on Google+.

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