Snedeker to end 'crazy year' with No. 1 hopes

Wed Nov 28, 2012 10:35pm EST
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By Mark Lamport-Stokes

THOUSAND OAKS, California (Reuters) - Brandt Snedeker will end what has been a "crazy year" of golfing success at this week's World Challenge with one eye already turned toward a 2013 campaign of even greater achievement.

The fast-talking American triumphed twice on the 2012 PGA Tour en route to becoming the U.S. circuit's FedExCup champion and, having broken into the world's top 10, he has set his sights on becoming number one.

"It's very doable," the ever-smiling Snedeker told reporters at Sherwood Country Club on Wednesday while preparing for Thursday's opening round.

"Look where I jumped from in the world rankings this year, getting to where I am now.

"Having another year like this year next year and I can really get up there. To get to No. 1 in the world you've got to be more consistent. You look at the way (top-ranked) Rory (McIlroy) is playing right now.

"He's not only winning but he's giving himself a chance to win almost every week, and that's huge. That's what you have to do to be No. 1 in the world."

Snedeker was ranked 38th heading into this year but has soared to 10th place this week after recording seven top-10s on the 2012 PGA Tour, including victories at the Farmers Insurance Open and the Tour Championship.

"It's been a crazy year needless to say, to have two wins and winning the FedExCup was obviously a huge, huge year for me, a career year so far," he said.   Continued...

Brandt Snedeker tees off on the sixth hole during the Pro-Am round of the World Challenge golf tournament in Thousand Oaks, California, November 28, 2012. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson