Emotional Snedeker wins Pebble Beach by three shots

Sun Feb 15, 2015 8:39pm EST
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(Reuters) - An emotional Brandt Snedeker ended a 17-month title drought when he carded a closing five-under-par 67 to win the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am by three strokes on Sunday.

Snedeker recorded just one bogey in 72 holes to finish at 22-under 265 and win for the second time in three years the storied event played on three courses on California's Monterey Peninsula.

It was his seventh victory on the PGA Tour and it earned the 34-year-old from Tennessee $1.224 million along with a spot in April's U.S. Masters, an event he was not previously exempt for.

Fellow American Nick Watney (69) claimed second place on 19-under, while overnight leader Jim Furyk (74) missed some early birdie chances before fading to equal seventh in another final round disappointment.

Furyk has failed to convert a 54-hole lead into victory nine consecutive times since his 16th tour victory in 2010.

Snedeker shed tears after battling back from a winless 2014 season and paid tribute to the role his wife Mandy had played in the lean times.

"It’s been a long time since I’ve felt this feeling. It’s really special," he said in a greenside interview.

"Probably the only time I’ve cried walking off 18th green was this week, because everything I’ve done the past year-and-a-half I’ve put my wife through.

"When you’re not playing good, the home life is not always great because you take it out somewhere and she’s been a huge supporter of everything I’ve been doing."   Continued...

February 15, 2015; Pebble Beach, CA, USA; Brandt Snedeker hits from the eighteenth course fairway during the final round at Pebble Beach Golf Links. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports