In a two-year span, Brandt Snedeker went from world No. 4 to a player outside the top 60 who was qualified for only one major and no World Golf Championship events.
His schedule for his next few months changed Sunday, however, when he won at Pebble Beach to snap an 18-month winless drought. Now, he’s in line for starts in three majors (Masters, U.S. Open and PGA) and all four WGCs. If he’s inside the top 50 by May 25, he’d punch his ticket to the Open Championship, as well.
With his second win in the past three years at Pebble, Snedeker moved from No. 63 to No. 31 in the world and, best of all, felt “relevant” again.
“I don’t like playing golf and not feeling like I can compete and win,” he said.
Outside the top 50 entering last week, Snedeker said he planned to play every week until the Masters in order to give himself the best opportunity to earn another trip to Augusta. Now he doesn’t have to.
With his runner-up finish on the Monterey Peninsula, Nick Watney jumped from No. 120 to No. 75. It was his third top-15 finish in his last four starts.
In other action, Andrew Dodt staged a dramatic final-round comeback to win the Thailand Classic and vault from No. 281 to No. 127.
Here’s the top 10 in the world heading into this week’s tournaments: world No. 1 Rory McIlroy, No. 2 Henrik Stenson, No. 3 Bubba Watson, No. 4 Jason Day, No. 5 Adam Scott, No. 6 Jim Furyk, No. 7 Sergio Garcia, No. 8 Justin Rose, No. 9 Jordan Spieth and No. 10 Matt Kuchar.