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March 21 2013

7:05 PM

Snedeker struggles in return

By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Brandt Snedeker thought his game would be rusty after five weeks off due to a rib injury.

He was right.

Snedeker struggled to a 4-over 76 Thursday at the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard, where he made three bogeys, two birdies and a triple bogey.

Playing his first round of competitive golf since winning at Pebble Beach last month, Snedeker struggled to find any rhythm.

After opening with four straight pars, he missed the green left on No. 5 and failed to get up and down for par. Three holes later, he missed the fairway right and played back into the fairway before missing a 25-footer to save par.

There were some highlights for Snedeker -- a birdie on the sixth and another on the 16th -- but after another bogey on No. 10 things went from bad to worse.

Snedeker rinsed his tee shot on the 17th then missed the green left after taking a drop. It took him three more to get down and the damage was done in the form of a triple bogey.

The FedExCup leader coming into the week, Snedeker also sees his streak of 10 straight rounds in the 60s come to an end.

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