January 15, 2014
By Sean Martin, PGATOUR.COM
- Brandt Snedeker won the 2012 FedExCup. (Dunn/Getty Images)
LA QUINTA, Calif. -- Brandt Snedeker was pleasantly surprised by how his knee held up on the hills of Kapalua during the Hyundai Tournament of Champions. His 2013-14 campaign resumes this week, and with his health issues behind him, Snedeker is optimistic this could be a big year.
"I got through Maui with no issues whatsoever, which I was actually shocked about," he said. "I figured it would be pretty sore or swell up a little bit, and I had no issues. It feels 100 percent, so the year started off on a good note. I feel like I'm healthy, I feel like I'm ready to go. And as long as I can keep doing that, I feel like it's going to be my best year ever."
Snedeker, 33, won twice in 2013 (AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-am, RBC Canadian Open) but also suffered through two injuries. He finished in the top three in four of his first five starts of 2013, but that run was halted by a rib injury that forced him to miss more than a month.
Snedeker's T-23 at last year's Humana was his only finish outside the top three during the West Coast Swing. He has two top-10s in five Humana appearances (T-8, 2012; T-10, 2010).
He bruised his left knee and sprained his ACL after a "self-inflicted stupidity injury" on a Segway in China following the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions in November. He finished 11th in his 2014 debut at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.
What makes Snedeker, who has won two TOUR titles in each of the past two seasons, so optimistic about this season?
"I think the biggest thing now is ... I know how to prepare for majors now versus before," said Snedeker, the 2012 FedExCup champion. "I have a great game plan for Augusta, for the British Open, for the U.S. Open and for the PGA. And so I know how to be 100 hundred percent ready to go into those. I feel confident with that routine of how to be prepared."