Snedeker Wins Pebble Beach Pro-Am After Two Runner-Up Finishes

Brandt Snedeker won the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am by two strokes, continuing his hot start to the U.S. PGA Tour season after runner-up finishes to Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods the previous two weeks.

Snedeker shot a final-round 7-under par 65 yesterday at Pebble Beach Golf Links on California’s Monterey Peninsula for a four-round total of 19-under-par 267. Chris Kirk, who began the final round one shot behind joint leaders Snedeker and James Hahn, was second at 17 under after closing with a 66.

Snedeker received $1.17 million and pushed his season earnings to $2.86 million from five events. Four of Snedeker’s five PGA Tour titles have come in the past 22 months, including his win at last season’s Tour Championship, where he collected a $10 million bonus as the recipient of the FedEx Cup. He’ll climb to fourth in the Official World Golf Ranking and is now the highest-ranked American behind Woods.

“To have a stretch of golf like I had the last couple months is something you dream about,” Snedeker, 32, said at a news conference. “It’s something you think that you can do, but you don’t know really know until you actually put it together, and I have. I’m really enjoying this and hopefully can parlay this into the best year of my career.”

Snedeker had finished second to Woods at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines on Jan. 28 and was runner-up to Mickelson at the Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale on Feb. 3.

Snedeker has shot below par in 18 of 19 rounds this season and has broken par in 33 of 37 rounds on the PGA Tour dating back to the first round of August’s Wyndham Championship. The week before that event, he missed the cut at the PGA Championship, and Snedeker said his next goal is to win one of golf’s four major titles. The Masters Tournament is scheduled for April 11-14 at Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia.

Relishing Augusta

“I know that if I play the way I played the last three weeks that there’s very few people in the world that can beat me,” Snedeker said. “I will relish that challenge being there Sunday trying to beat the best player in the world or whoever it may be down the back nine at Augusta. That’s something I look forward to instead of dreading maybe four years ago.”

The Pebble Beach Pro-Am paired professional golfers with amateurs, including celebrities such as actor Bill Murray and New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick. The teams rotated between Pebble Beach, Monterey Peninsula Country Club’s Shore Course and Spyglass Hill over the first three days, with the leaders playing Pebble Beach for yesterday’s final round.

Snedeker and his amateur partner, Toby Wilt, tied Michael Letzig and John Erickson for first place at 31-under par. It marked the ninth time in tournament history that a player won the individual and pro-am team title in the same year.

Mickelson, who was seeking to win at Pebble Beach for the second straight year and fifth time overall, finished in a tie for 60th place at 1-under par after shooting a final-round 72.

The tour now moves about 350 miles (560 kilometers) south to the greater Los Angeles area for the Northern Trust Open at the Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades.