Snedeker aims to reignite game at beloved Pebble Beach
(Reuters) - Last year, Brandt Snedeker made a blistering start to the 2013 PGA Tour with three top-three finishes in his first four tournaments before going on to clinch a two-shot victory at the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.
This week, the fast-talking American is back to defend his title at Pebble Beach and though his results in recent weeks have fallen well short of those achieved 12 months ago, he believes his game is very close to his best.
"I was watching the footage last night of last year's tournament and I feel like I'm doing a lot of things a lot better than I was last year and just not quite coming through," Snedeker told reporters on Wednesday. "So I'm excited.
"This next little stretch for me should entail some pretty good golf. This is probably my favorite place in the world, let alone favorite places to play golf.
"So it's great to be back, especially with all these good memories coming back from last year. Even though the results aren't there, the game's actually really close. So I'm excited for the week to get underway and see how my game stacks up."
A six-times winner on the PGA Tour, Snedeker has recorded just one top-25 in five starts during the new wraparound 2013-14 season, a tie for 11th at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions last month.
Regarded as one of golf's best putters, he has surprisingly been struggling on the greens and sits 56th in the PGA Tour's 'strokes gained - putting' charts, which rate a player's performance relative to the rest of the tournament field.
"My putting has been bad the start of this year, and it was mediocre at times middle of last year, just real streaky, which is unlike me," said Snedeker. "Normally my putting's pretty consistent. Continued...