Brandt Snedeker fires 65, bags AT&T Pebble Beach title
Pebble Beach, CA, United States (4E Sports) – After two runner-up finishes, Brandt Snedeker finally captured his first PGA Tour title this year, shooting a seven-under par 65 in the final round Sunday to win the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am by two strokes at Pebble Beach Golf Links.
Snedeker, who finished second to Tiger Woods at the Farmers Insurance Open and Phil Mickelson at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, carded a four-round total of 19-under-par 267 to beat Chris Kirk.
“Feels great to finish one,” Snedeker said after the win that gave him $1,170,000. “The last two weeks, playing great but running into two Hall of Famers, really motivated me to go out and prove that I can handle the lead.”
Snedeker buried a 10-foot birdie on the 17th hole and capped his round with a par to break the tournament record by one shot held jointly by Mickelson (2007) and Mark O’Meara (1997).
With the win, Snedeker picked up 500 points, increasing his lead over Brian Gay by 700 points, and boosted his ranking to No. 4 in the world, the highest of his career.
Kirk followed his eight-under-par 64 in the third-round with a 66 in the final round to bag the second-place bounty of $704,000.
Rookie James Hahn, who entered the final round tied for first with Snedeker, shot a two-under-par 70 to settle for a tie for third place with Kevin Stadler and Jimmy Walker, five strokes behind the champion.
In the final round, Snedeker pulled away from Hahn and the rest of the pack with eagle and three birdies on the opening seven holes. He bogeyed No. 9 but recovered by making birdie putts on the next two holes.
Mickelson, the event’s defending champion, finished with an even-par 72 to settle for a tie for 60th place.