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Snedeker hot on Rory's heels

Karl McGinty

Published 12/02/2013 | 04:00

IT was rough justice for Rory McIlroy when Brandt Snedeker pinched the $10m FedEx Cup jackpot from under his nose in Atlanta last August.

Since then, Snedeker has become the hottest player in golf and, after Sunday's two-stroke victory at Pebble Beach, he looks the greatest long-term threat to world No 1 McIlroy.

Though Tiger Woods replaced McIlroy as favourite for April's US Masters after his win at The Farmers and Phil Mickelson leapt into the reckoning with his romp in Phoenix, Snedeker's form leaves them all in the shade.

The Nashville native's figures are staggering. Since his last missed cut at the US PGA, 29 of Snedeker's 39 rounds have been in the 60s, with only two over-par.

He is 82-under for his five events in 2013, including one third place and runner-up finishes to Tiger at Torrey Pines and Mickelson in Scottsdale before Sunday's win.

Snedeker doesn't excel with a driver, but he knows his way around Augusta, where deft putting should be his 'Major' asset.

He shed bitter tears in 2008 after his final-round 77 helped Trevor Immelman into the Green Jacket. Yet Snedeker is a far tougher proposition now. Roll on April!

Irish Independent

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