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The Tour Report
  • Monday Mailbag: Snedeker on the rise, more

  • Brandt Snedeker moved to fifth in the FedExCup standings with his win on Sunday. (Scott Halleran/Getty Images)Brandt Snedeker moved to fifth in the FedExCup standings with his win on Sunday. (Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Sure, winning for the first time in 17 months was big for Brandt Snedeker. But he took home a lot more than a big check and FedExCup points.

Snedeker was on the outside looking in for the Masters, a tournament he has contended in twice and one he absolutely has the game to win. About the only significant thing he hasn't done in his career is win a major.

Will that change this spring? On to the mailbag...

Do you think Brandt Snedeker's stock is back on the rise? -- Jay Bruce

Who's more likely to make The Presidents Cup team this fall, Brandt Snedeker or Brooks Koepka? -- John Collins

Two questions, one stone, er, Snedeker. Clearly he is playing better than he did last season when he had just three top 10s, shot an 80 at the Masters and missed the cut in his first two FedExCup Playoffs events before being eliminated altogether. Chalk it up to the transition of going from one coach (Todd Anderson) to another (Butch Harmon). Snedeker is also back to focusing on what brought him this far: Putting and short game. Both were big contributors to his one-bogey performance at Pebble Beach. As for Snedeker or Koepka? I think they both make the team.

More majors in next three years Rickie Fowler or Jordan Spieth? -- Al Walker

Who wins more majors Adam Scott or Jason Day?-- Michael

ESPN can't run enough Masters commercials these days, especially with a lot of the country buried under snow or ice or freezing temperatures or all of the above. Nothing says spring like the year's first major, which is just 52 days away (but who's counting). The crystal ball is a bit like the weather along the California coast at times -- foggy -- but in the end I think Fowler edges Spieth by one, while Scott does the same to Day, though I am a bit wary of the former with the clock ticking on the anchored putting ban and a new caddie now on the bag.

Which PGA TOUR rookie will have the biggest impact on leaderboards in 2015? -- Jeff Nolan

I'm feeling very chalk-y about this but Justin Thomas was drawing praise from Phil Mickelson a year ago and has transitioned to the big stage quite well, nabbing three top 10s, including a tie for fourth, in nine starts. He's long off the tee and already ranks 31st in strokes gained-tee to green and 12th in birdie average.

Have a question for the mailbag? Email it to  brianwacker@pgatourhq.com or via Twitter @pgatour_brianw.

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