Snedeker Awaiting Rookie of the Year Award
All in his rookie season.
The 26-year-old from Nashville, Tenn., is a favorite for the Tour's rookie of the year award. He's the highest first-year player on the money list (17th) and the FedExCup points standings (9th).
Not that he's heard anything one way or the other.
'I have no clue, I thought it would have happened by now,' Snedeker said at the Australian PGA Championship. 'I keep hearing different dates, and hopefully before too long we'll hear. I think I've won it but I'm not 100 percent sure until it comes out.'
Snedeker didn't get a chance to vote. He spent two weeks in Japan after an eight-week layoff following the Tour Championship. After the Australian PGA Championship, which starts Thursday, he'll head to the Australian Open in Sydney.
'I didn't get (the rookie award balloting) before I came out,' Snedeker said. 'I'm hoping my fellow tour players will eke me in. It would be a great honor.'
And if he loses by one vote?
'I'm sure I'll be kicking myself later,' he said, laughing.
Snedeker celebrates his 27th birthday on Saturday -- when he hopes to be playing with Adam Scott, Rory Sabbatini, defending champion Nick O'Hern and Stuart Appleby on a golf course that reminds him of manicured Florida layouts.
Last year, O'Hern holed out from a greenside bunker to beat two-time champion Peter Lonard on the fourth hole of a playoff.
O'Hern is happy to see Snedeker at the tournament.
'It's fantastic -- the more international players we can get down here, obviously the better,' O'Hern said. 'I think the public will see guys they haven't seen before, and I'm sure by the end of the week they'll remember who they are.'
Snedeker flew into the Sunshine Coast for a few practice rounds on the Hyatt Regency resort course after a week on the Great Barrier Reef off the resort town of Port Douglas in north Queensland.
Snorkeling and fishing -- a few coral trout on the end of the hook among others -- put him in a pleasant frame of mind.
'I had a blast, I was happy and sad to come here,' Snedeker said. 'It was great to see the Great Barrier Reef. I wish I had a couple more days to go up there and snorkel, but with my skin complexion I wouldn't have lasted too long.'
His time away from golf gave Snedeker a chance to reflect on his first year on tour, including a win at the Wyndham Championship and a third at the Buick Invitational.
In 29 tournaments, he finished 13 times in the top 25 and made 23 cuts.
'Being a rookie, you really don't know where you are going to get in,' Snedeker said. 'My goal for the year was to try and play as many events as I could on tour, see where I liked to play, what fit my eye, what didn't fit my eye. I kept playing better through the second half of the year and just wanted to keep playing. '
The results exceeded his expectations.
'It's been overwhelming to say the least, I wasn't expecting it,' Snedeker said. 'I was just trying to make sure I had a job for next year. The only downside now is that I've got to try to improve on it next year.'
And next year begins now, he said.
'After my eight-week break, this is really the beginning of my year, to get my game going and find out where it is,' Snedeker said. 'We're in the middle of summer here, great weather. It hasn't felt great the first two days, but I'm hoping it's better on Thursday.'
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Watch: Fathauer dunks one off flagstick for eagle
The NBA All-Star Slam Dunk Contest will take place Saturday night in Los Angeles, but Derek Fathauer kicked things off a little early with this eagle in the third round of the Genesis Open.
Playing his second shot on the par-4 third hole at Riviera Country Club, Fathauer dunked one off the flagstick and into the hole for an eagle-2:
The shot got the the 32-year-old, in search of his first PGA Tour victory, under par for the round and into the mix early on Moving Day.
Luiten in three-way tie at Oman Open
MUSCAT, Oman - Joost Luiten showed a return to form after a mediocre 2017 as he moved into a three-way tie for the lead in the Oman Open on Saturday.
The Dutchman shot a second straight 6-under 66 - the joint best score of the day - to move to 12-under 204. He was joined at the top by Matthew Southgate (69) and Frenchman Julien Guerrier (66) after the third round at the Greg Norman-designed Al Mouj Golf Club.
England's Chris Wood (69), another man on the comeback trail, was in fourth place at 11 under, but it could have been a lot better if not for a bogey-bogey finish. Adrian Otaegui (66) was a shot behind Wood while pre-tournament favorite, France's Alexander Levy (67), was at 9 under.
The 90th-ranked Luiten credited some hot iron play for his success after a cracked driver set him back last year when he had just two top-10 finishes the whole season.
''I cracked my driver in my first tournament of the year in Abu Dhabi and it took me almost six months to get another one that I really liked. Once you are not driving the ball well, it puts pressure on other parts of your game,'' said the 32-year-old Luiten. ''My iron play did not get me into trouble at all today.''
Southgate was quick off the block with three birdies in his first three holes. But the Englishman then made two bogeys and a double bogey in his next four holes, and a birdie on the ninth saw him make the turn at even-par.
That forced him to think differently for the back nine and he was rewarded with three birdies.
''It was quite funny really,'' Southgate said. ''We birdied the ninth and I walked off and said to my caddie Gary ... 'We've just shot level par, so let's just pretend that we've made nine solid pars and that we haven't holed a putt and haven't made a birdie. Let's just start again on the 10th'.''
The 32-year-old Guerrier started his round with a monster 48-foot birdie putt and had an eagle, six birdies and two bogeys.
J.Y. Ko increases lead; Lydia focuses on positives
ADELAIDE, Australia - Jin Young Ko continued her domination of the Women's Australian Open, shooting a 1-under 71 Saturday to increase her lead to four strokes after three rounds.
The South Korean, who led after each of the opening two rounds of the LPGA tournament, had a three-round total of 11-under 205 at Kooyonga Golf Club.
Australian golfer Hannah Green moved into second place after the round of the day, a 66.
Green, 21, is seeking to become the first Australian to claim her national crown since Karrie Webb won the last of her five titles in 2014. Webb, who is playing a part-time schedule in 2018, missed the cut Friday by one stroke.
Green birdied her first three holes on Saturday and then added two more on the eighth and ninth. Two more birdies followed on the back nine with her only dropped shot a bogey on the 17th.
"I was very pleased with my ball striking," Green said. "I have put myself in contention so I'm very happy with how things are panning out.
"It was a real shame about Karrie missing the cut, but I know she has got different plans."
South Korea's Hyejin Choi (70), was tied for third, five strokes behind. Australia's top-ranked golfer Minjee Lee was tied for fifth after a 69, six off the lead.
Former No. 1 Lydia Ko shot a 71 and was eight strokes behind.
"It's always nice to be able to start the season on a good note, and I've obviously got tomorrow," Lydia Ko said. "Hopefully, I'll be able to finish off on a high note."
Cantlay, McDowell, Saunders share lead at Riviera
LOS ANGELES - Tiger Woods waited 12 years to get back to Riviera and lasted only two days.
Woods had three straight bogeys early on the back nine Friday and didn't play well enough to make up for his misses. He had a 5-over 76 and missed the cut in the Genesis Open for the first time in nine appearances as a pro.
He was at 6-over 148, one shot worse than his PGA Tour debut as a 16-year-old at Riviera.
''I missed every tee shot left and I did not putt well, didn't feel very good on the greens,'' Woods said. ''And consequently, never made a run. I knew I had to make a run on that back nine, and I went the other way.''
Patrick Cantlay ran off three straight birdies toward the end of his morning round, starting with a tap-in on the par-3 sixth when he missed a hole-in-one by a fraction of an inch, and shot a 69. He was tied with Graeme McDowell (66), the former U.S. Open champion who is trying to work his way back from a two-year slump.
They were at 7-under 135.
Sam Saunders also was at 7 under, making back-to-back birdies until it was too dark to continue. He had three holes remaining in his second round. Ryan Moore bogeyed his final hole for a 68 and was one shot behind at 136.
Rory McIlroy overcame a few short misses on the front nine for a 69 and was at 2-under 140.
Cantlay was coming off a three-putt bogey when his tee shot at the par-3 sixth - the hole with a bunker in the middle of the green - landed above the flag and to the right, and then rolled back down the slope just over the right edge of the cup.
''I actually missed a little to the right, but it's a bowl back there so as long as you get the number right, it should be pretty close,'' Cantlay said.
He followed with a short iron into 5 feet for birdie, a 15-foot birdie on the next hole and then a wild drive that led to a bogey on his final hole.
McDowell has gone 59 starts worldwide since his last victory and has fallen out of the top 200 in the world. He had missed four straight cuts dating to late last year, though he felt he was hitting it well in practice. What helped was seeing some good scores.
''All I'm missing is a couple little numbers and a little bit of confidence,'' McDowell said.
Defending champion Dustin Johnson shot a 69 and gets to stick around for the weekend. He was at 1-over 143. Bubba Watson, who won in 2014 and 2016, has fallen out of the top 200 in the world after a two-year drought. He shot a 70 and was at 4-under 138, and then headed for the NBA All-Star weekend to play in the celebrity game.