Snedeker boosted by coach change for title defense

Wed Jul 23, 2014 5:35pm EDT
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(Reuters) - Invigorated by his new swing coach Butch Harmon, Brandt Snedeker believes he is on the "right path" as he bids to return to the winner's circle at this week's Canadian Open in Montreal where he will defend the title.

American Snedeker has not triumphed anywhere since he clinched last year's Canadian Open by three shots in Ontario but says he has renewed his appetite for the game over the past month while working with Harmon.

"It's been a good switch," the fast-talking Snedeker told reporters while preparing for Thursday's opening round at Royal Montreal about his decision to part company with his previous swing coach, Todd Anderson.

"Butch is very, very easy to work with. He's very, very simple. He's not into overhauling golf swings and changing anything that I've done my whole career, so it was a very easy transition for me."

A six-times winner on the PGA Tour, Snedeker has recorded only two top-10s in 19 starts during his 2013-14 campaign but has been encouraged by his improving form since linking up with Harmon.

"I feel like my game is finally back to where I know I can compete again and play again," said the 33-year-old, who tied for ninth in last month's U.S. Open at Pinehurst.

"Not that it was ever that far off, but I've got the confidence back and I know what I am doing. (It) has been great the last three weeks that I've worked with him (Harmon) and I feel like I'm on the right path."


Brandt Snedeker of the U.S. watches his tee shot on the fourth hole during a practice round ahead of the British Open Championship at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake, northern England July 15, 2014. REUTERS/Phil Noble