TOP 30 PLAYERS TO WATCH
No. 24: Brandt Snedeker
December 07, 2018
By Staff, PGATOUR.COM
- December 07, 2018
Brandt Snedeker wins by three at Wyndham
For a minute there, a few people started to lose sight of Brandt Snedeker.
Injuries and a winless run of more than two years meant he fell into the shadows of consciousness while others stepped up to fill the breach.
Despite the fact he was still playing decent golf, he could feel it.
But the 37-year-old and past FedExCup champion was not ready to be forgotten, as he re-announced himself with his sublime efforts at the Wyndham Championship.
There he opened with a famous 11-under 59, becoming the 10th and most recent member of the very exclusive (sub-60) club. He would go on to win the ninth title of his PGA TOUR career.
Not content to stop there, he has already notched up a runner-up finish in the new season, falling in a playoff to Kevin Tway at the Safeway Open. He now has his sights set on a return to the TOUR Championship and another FedExCup title.
His last trip to East Lake came in 2016 – a stat that does not sit well with a man with six trips to the Playoffs finale in the FedExCup era.
His trademark putting remains his strength as he’s running fourth in Strokes Gained: Putting through the fall series and was ranked 16th on TOUR last season.
As long as he can find the greens in regulation, Sneds is going to be a threat wherever he tees it up. -- By Ben Everill
BY THE NUMBERS
Current 2018-19 position: 18th
Playoff appearances: 11
TOUR Championship appearances: 6
Best FedExCup result: Won the FedExCup in 2012.
SHOTLINK FUN FACT
In shooting 59 in the opening round of the 2018 Wyndham Championship, Brandt Snedeker became the fifth player to shoot a sub-60 round and go on to win.
PGATOUR.COM’s Insiders offer their expert views on what to expect from Brandt Snedeker in 2019.
TOUR INSIDER: After a small lull in his career mainly brought on by injury, Snedeker looks set to find his place back among the elite. The performance at Wyndham last season was epic and just another display of putting brilliance we have become accustomed to. The fire is clearly back in his belly and as such, don’t be surprised to see a 10th TOUR win soon. -- By Ben Everill
FANTASY INSIDER: Riddled with injuries for the last several years, he's remained a dynamic contributor exponentially more than we've wailed over his absence at key times. Combine that resolve with a busy schedule and a proven record of hoisting hardware (nine career wins!), he simply doesn't let us down even amid physical challenges. Continue to invest with confidence when it makes sense, which is often. -- By Rob Bolton
EQUIPMENT INSIDER: Snedeker has been using a White Hot XG Rossie putter (34 inches) for years now, and it’s still in the bag. That’s not likely to change anytime soon. That being said, Snedeker doesn’t mind switching it up when it comes to other clubs in his bag. Snedeker won the 2018 Wyndham with a new Bridgestone Tour B JGR proto driver, and a Graphite Design Tour AD-IZ shaft, but he’s since switched to a TaylorMade M3 with a Fujikura Speeder shaft. Snedeker also currently plays with Bridgestone J15CB irons, and a combo of J40 and J15 wedges. -- By Andrew Tursky
STYLE INSIDER: Snedeker rarely misses a beat when it comes to style. Consistently sharp looks with contemporary fits are his trademark. While he favors a traditional style, he embraces the latest trends and isn’t afraid to dial up vibrant colors to give his outfits some pop. His best fashion move lately has been the addition of G/FORE’s saddle shoes. The modern take on this classic silhouette is a perfect fit for Brandt’s style. -- By Greg Monteforte