Monday, February 16, 2015



Poor old Jim Furyk! Add this year's AT and T Pebble Beach National Pro-am in California to the long list of events he has led the field into the final round - but failed to win.
Jim, who had taken a long rest from tournament golf - he had not played since the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles last September - shot 64, 70, 63 and 74 for a total of 271 and a share of seventh place.
Furyk thus failed to convert his ninth 54-hole lead in nine tries since his last victory on Tour, the 2010 Tour Championship. For reference, from 1994-2010, Furyk turned 17 54-hole leads or co-leads into 10 of his 16 career victories.
Brandt Snedeker said after his opening round that he knows what it takes to win at Pebble Beach - and he was right. He won the title for a second time, his seventh US PGA victory in all.
Snedeker shot a 22 under par total of 265 (64-67-67-67) to lead the field home by three shots from Nick Watney (65-69-65-69) with Charlie Beljan filling third place on 269 with rounds of 70, 63, 70 and 66. 
Snedeker won $1,224,000, Watney $734,400 and Beljan $462,400.
For one reason or another, Dustin Johnson had an even longer lay-off than Jim Furyk but he has come back with his batteries recharged, finishing joint fourth on 270 with Jason Day (72-62-69-67) and Pat Perez (66-68-68-68).
Dustin's rounds were 69, 67, 68 and 66.
Irishman Shane Lowry finished T21 on 274 (69-67-67-71). Lowry collected $73,835
There was a cut after three rounds and the following bowed out at that point:
210 Ian Poulter 70 68 72, Brian Davis 68 71 71(T77)_
211 Padraig Harrington 68 71 72(T91)
212 Greg Owen 70 74 68 (T107)
225 Paul McGinley 73 76 76 (T152) 






Brandt Snedeker started the week at Pebble Beach just trying to get into this year’s Masters.
He left the AT amd T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am Sunday ready to begin thinking a lot bigger than that.
He can go ahead now and start plotting how to win at Augusta National.
With his seventh US PGA Tour title, his second at Pebble Beach, Snedeker did more than earn an invitation to play the Masters for the eighth time in his career. He reminded us how his game fits there. His teary-eyed interview behind the 18th green Sunday with CBS’s Peter Kostis reminded us how emotional Snedeker got after giving himself a chance to win the Masters in the final round in 2008. He tied for third that year, kicking himself after closing with a 77. He tied for sixth there when Adam Scott won two years ago.
“It gets me back on track to where I feel I belong,” Snedeker said.
Snedeker’s healthy again, with his ribs, back and knee problems no longer derailing his ambition. His swing, subtle changes he made after moving to Butch Harmon last year, looks like it’s in a great place. Most importantly, he’s feeling good about his putting again, a stroke that ranks among the best in the game today.
“I feel like my game is good enough to go against anybody in the world, as long as I’m putting good,” Snedeker said last summer, back when he was playing through all those injuries.
Snedeker is putting “good” all right.
With a 22-under winning total, Snedeker set a tournament record in the US PGA Tour event at Pebble Beach. He made one bogey all week, becoming just the fifth player in the last decade to make one bogey or fewer in a 72-hole PGA Tour event. He won by three shots, closing fiercely without a hiccup.
Notably, Snedeker said he felt Harmon’s presence working on more than his swing while closing out.
“He was in my ear all day, stuff he has told me the last six months, giving me the confidence to go out there and hit shots under pressure,” Snedeker said.
When Jimmy Walker made his giant leap as a player last season, he said Harmon’s influence on him went beyond the swing they work on together. He said Harmon helped build confidence he could and should win.
The fact that, unprompted, Snedeker brought up Harmon’s influence on him in Sunday’s victory makes you curious how Snedeker will fare his first time around Augusta National with Harmon’s voice in his head.

Going to the turn with a two-stroke lead, Snedeker showed a Secretariat-like run, making birdies at the par-4 11th and par-4 15th to pretty much put things away. 
By the time the 34-year-old Snedeker got to the 16th tee, it was really just a footnote that Charlie Beljan (66 – 269) had surprised with a third-place finish or that Jason Day (67), Dustin Johnson (66), and Pat Perez (68) had all played nicely to finish at 17-under 270 and tie for third. 
This was a day that belonged to Snedeker, just as it did two years ago when he won this tournament for the first time.
Since then, the man they call “Sneds” has struggled with parts of his game, his switch in swing coaches from Todd Anderson to Butch Harmon taking him most of 2014 to get used to. 
But with a series of T-10 finishes to start the 2014-15 season – four in five tournaments – Snedeker told anyone who asked that he was moving in a positive direction and feeling good about his game.
He was tied for the lead after Rounds 1 and 2, fell one off the pace after Saturday’s third round, then stood strong even after Watney birdied each of the first four holes to pull two ahead. 
When Watney bogeyed five, six, and nine, Snedeker, out in 34, was back in charge.
For the week, Snedeker was immense. He made just one bogey – at the par-4 third in Round 3, his 12th hole of the day and 47th of the tournament, meaning he played the last 24 bogey-free. Impressively, he hit 59 greens (T-3) and was back to his old self with the flat stick, ranking T-6 in the strokes-gained-putting category.



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