x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 19 January 2018

Brandt Snedeker claims victory at Pebble Beach after setting tournament record

The 32-year-old, who finished second to Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson in his last two competitions, recorded his first victory of the season.

Brandt Snedeker poses with the trophy after winning the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.
Brandt Snedeker poses with the trophy after winning the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

Brandt Snedeker went one better than his last two results after triumphing in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in California.

Snedeker finished runner-up to Tiger Woods in the Farmers Insurance Open as well as to Phil Mickelson at the Phoenix Open in the last couple of weeks and he needed to be at his best today to record his first victory of the season.

Co-leader overnight with compatriot James Hahn, Snedeker took control with an eagle on the second hole and never relinquished his grip on a glorious day of late winter sunshine on the picturesque Monterey Peninsula, finishing with a seven-under par 65 to post a tournament record low of 19 under.

Chris Kirk sank a 16-foot birdie putt at the last for a 66 to finish alone in second, with PGA Tour rookie Hahn eventually finishing a further three strokes back at 14-under in a three-way tie for third.

"Finishing off a tournament like this with a win, it gives me a ton of confidence going into the Masters, the US. Open, all the great venues we have this year," the 32-year-old said afterwards.

"And that's next on my list. I've won five times out here now. The most important thing now is to win majors."

Snedeker set the tone for his round with an eagle on the par five second and another three birdies at his next five holes boosted the Tennesseean even further.

Although he then bogeyed at the ninth, he immediately made up for his blip with back-to-back birdies after the turn and picked up another shot at the par three 17th to give himself some breathing room heading into the final hole.

Victory was the 32-year-old's fifth title on the PGA Tour and his second in his last six starts - the other win coming at last year's Tour Championship.

Snedeker was pushed all the way, however, with Kirk breathing down his neck - but the American was ultimately left to rue successive bogeys at the ninth and 10th.

"I felt like I played well enough to win a golf tournament and came up a little bit short. But I'm really happy with my day," he said.

James Hahn, tied for the overnight lead alongside Snedeker, finished in a tie for third alongside fellow Americans Kevin Stadler and Jimmy Walker.

World number eight Lee Westwood finished a disappointing week on three under par overall after a final round of 72 to finish in a tie for 46th.


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