A major performance under major conditions
Snedeker shoots stellar 69 on Sunday to take clubhouse lead, awaits Monday finish
January 31, 2016
By Sean Martin, PGATOUR.COM
- Brandt Snedeker said Sunday's round felt "like playing (an Open Championship) on a U.S. Open setup.” (Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO – Two observations following Sunday’s weather-shortened fourth round of the Farmers Insurance Open, where Brandt Snedeker has the clubhouse lead at 6 under. Catch live coverage on PGA TOUR LIVE when play resumes Monday at 11 a.m. ET. For more on the day's action, click here to read the Daily Wrap-up.
1. Brandt Snedeker has had many memorable rounds at Torrey Pines, including an opportunity to shoot 59, but Sunday’s 69 may have been his best.
The final round at the Farmers Insurance Open was marred by high winds and rains that led to three delays. Play was ultimately called for the day when the final group on the 11th hole.
Snedeker, who teed off in the second group off the first tee, was a shot off the lead when he completed play. He was the only player under when play was suspended for the final time; the other 70 players who made the cut were 377-over par. The scoring average of players who finished was higher than 78.
Snedeker called it, “one of those special days that I don’t think I could go out there and recreate.
“But I’m glad I did it.”
He posted 6-under 282 just as the leaders were making the turn. Jimmy Walker was 7 under through 10 holes when the horn blew for the final time. At the time, Snedeker was giving his post-round interview. It was windy and raining at the time of the suspension, but the skies cleared soon after and winds began gusting more than 50 mph, making it too dangerous to play.
Torrey Pines’ tough conditions mean Snedeker still has a chance to win, even though he would need Walker to play the final eight holes in at least 1 over.
The forecast for Monday is still difficult. Rain is not expected, but winds are still forecast to blow between 25-30 mph.
After his round, Snedeker believed he would come up a shot short of victory and expressed regret over his par at the downwind par-5 18th. He went for the green in two, but his fairway-wood shot bounded through the green. His chip shot ran into the fringe and he barely missed the birdie putt.
“I had one of those lies going against you and it was really wet. I thought it was going to come out really soft,” Snedeker said. “I wanted to be aggressive because I knew it was into the wind. … It came out a little hotter than I thought. I’m going to be second-guessing myself for the next couple hours over that chip shot and that putt. I hope it doesn’t end up costing me. I have a bad feeling it might.”
Torrey Pines was playing to an over-par scoring average all week, even in calm weather. The South Course was lined by thick rough that exacted a high penalty for players missing the fairway. It became downright impossible in Sunday’s weather.
“It’s like playing (an Open Championship) on a U.S. Open setup,” Snedeker said. “It was one of those days where you throw everything out of your mind and go play golf and grind as best as you possibly could.”
He won the 2012 Farmers Insurance Open after starting the final day seven shots behind leader Kyle Stanley. Snedeker and Stanley went into a playoff only after Stanley’s triple-bogey on the final hole.
Snedeker started Sunday six shots off the lead and put himself in contention with a round that had players shaking their head. No one else was under par Sunday, and only one player was even par (Brandon Hagy). Snedeker made bogey at No. 1, then put together eight consecutive pars, making a 36-footer for par at No. 4 and an 18-footer at the next hole. He made birdies on four of the back nine’s first five holes, then parred in.
He arrived at Torrey Pines having finished in the top three in his previous two starts, the Hyundai Tournament of Champions and Sony Open in Hawaii.
Brandt Snedeker interview after Round 4 of Farmers
2. Jimmy Walker may not be under par like Brandt Snedeker, but Walker has held his game together well in the wind to take the lead. He made just two bogeys in the 10 holes he played Monday (Nos. 2 and 7), and nearly sank his tee shot at the par-3 eighth hole and made the short birdie putt.
“I don’t remember hitting 3-iron into par-4s too often that are under 440 yards, but that happened a couple times today. I had to hit a 5-wood in once. It was tough,” Walker said. “It was tough to putt on the greens when it’s blowing 30 mph.”
Walker has a good record in California. Two of his five wins have come in the state (2013 Frys.com Open, 2014 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am) and he has finished in the top-10 in three of his previous four starts at Torrey Pines.
K.J. Choi is tied with Snedeker in second place, a stroke behind Walker. Scott Brown, who shared the third-round lead with Choi, played Sunday’s 10 holes in 6 over and is four shots back.
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Weather looks perfect to me outside!!— Brandt Snedeker (@BrandtSnedeker) January 31, 2016
The rain has passed, but play at Torrey Pines remains suspended because of extremely high winds. pic.twitter.com/9s9QhkMTHx— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) January 31, 2016
That score by @BrandtSnedeker is probably one of the best scores I've seen.— Shane Lowry (@ShaneLowryGolf) January 31, 2016
@BrandtSnedeker how you shoot 69 out there I'll never know! Best score I've ever seen!— Paul Dunne (@dunners11) January 31, 2016
Huge thank you to all of the fans and volunteers for coming out today in this horrific weather. @FarmersInsOpen 👏🏼— Smylie Kaufman (@SmylieKaufman10) January 31, 2016