December 19 2013
With the PGA TOUR set to resume its 2013-14 season the first week of January, PGATOUR.COM is previewing the top 30 players to watch heading into the new year. We'll count down one a day in December until we unveil our No. 1 player to watch on Dec. 30, the Monday of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.
Check out this preview of No. 12 Brandt Snedeker and join the discussion below on how you think he'll perform in 2014. Click here for more on the top 30 players to watch in 2014.
NO. 12 PLAYER TO WATCH: BRANDT SNEDEKER
2014 OUTLOOK: Brandt Snedeker will be hoping for an injury-free 2014. Of course, he still managed to win twice last year -- and made The Presidents Cup team. But think what kind of a season it could have been had it not been for those bruised ribs that halted the momentum of a torrid start where Snedeker finished third or better in four of his first five starts. Not to mention, things aren't starting off quite the way he'd hoped with the 2014 portion of the PGA TOUR's wraparound season on the horizon. Snedeker bruised his left tibia and strained the ACL in his left knee when he fell off a Segway during a corporate outing in Shanghai. The injury isn't deemed serious but he did pull out of this month's Northwestern Mutual World Challenge. Once he heals, though, Snedeker can set his sights on producing what would be his third straight multi-win season. -- Helen Ross
THUS FAR THIS SEASON: Snedeker tied for 55th at the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions in his only start of the fall portion of the wraparound 2013-14 season. The trip to Shanghai proved costly when he injured his knee, though.
It seems that an offseason doesn't pass without him suffering from some kind of physical malady. While he admitted that the injury to his left knee is "relatively minor," the natural tendency is to wonder just how many more setbacks he can handle. -- Rob Bolton
|ON THE MARK
If I had to pick somebody to make a putt for my life, Brandt Snedeker would be on the short-list. He is fantastic on the greens and he does a great job of playing to this strength. He is also very decisive and plays with an enviable amount of conviction – a further asset that helps him overcome his somewhat inaccurate tendency off the tee. Brandt is one of those players who does a good job of matching his game to his personality. His brisk golf swing perfectly represents his personality and manner and this, in my opinion, makes repetition under pressure and consequently success easier to achieve. -- Mark Immelman
Apparently an injury is the only thing that can slow down Brandt. He played much of the year with sore ribs and finished 2013 with a knee injury. Snedeker is such a good putter; I like him on difficult green complexes like the ones we see at Augusta National. He’s contended at the Masters before and should eventually break through with a win. -- Fred Albers
|INSIDE THE NUMBERS
One of the best putters on TOUR, Snedeker is slowly becoming one of the best wedge players in the game. He ranked 70th in 2010 on approaches from 50 to 125 yards with a proximity of 18 feet. He cut that to 17-4 in ’11, 16-8 in ’12 and finally 15-6 in 2013 to rank first on TOUR. -- Bill Cooney