By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- Brandt Snedeker couldn't have asked for a better pairing in the first three rounds of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.
The red-hot Snedeker is playing with fellow Vanderbilt alumn, Luke List, who is a PGA TOUR rookie this season. Not to mention, Snedeker's pro-am partner is investor Toby Wilt, who played football at Vandy and makes his home in Nashville, Tenn., as Snedeker does.
And as it that's not enough of a bond both Snedeker and List, who is partnered with NBA International president Heidi Ueberroth, attended Vanderbilt on the Toby S. Wilt Athletic Scholarship.
"We are thick as thieves," Snedeker said. "When we get together, we like to have a good time and it's worked out well that we can play together. We had a lot of fun out there today."
Snedeker probably had more fun than anybody after shooting a 66 at Monterey Peninsula's Shore Course that left him two strokes off the lead. Snedeker made three birdies on the front nine to turn in 31, then added another trio on the back but also dropped two strokes to par.
Not that Snedeker's solid play should come as any surprise. He leads the FedExCup after finishing second the last two weeks and opening the year with a solo third on Maui. Snedeker is the eighth player since 1990 to post runner-up finishes in back-to-back weeks.
"I played really, really solid teed to green," said Snedeker, who hit 10 fairways and 14 greens in regulation. "Made a few putts early to get the momentum going but tough to make a lot of putts over here today. Golf course is in great shape. Greens are a little bumpy but rolled really fast and hard to make a lot of putts on.
"All in all it's good start to the week. Got two more days, don't know where you stand so tough Saturday afternoon, so good start.'