Snedeker co-leads at Pebble, eyes OWGR top 50


Brandt Snedeker shares the lead at the halfway point of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, but the veteran has his eyes on more than just this week's trophy.

A staple in recent years at golf's top-tier events, Snedeker began 2015 outside the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking. As a result, he still does not have an invite to the year's first WGC event, the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Trump National Doral next month. He has also yet to secure a spot in the field for the Masters, where he has twice played in the final pairing on Sunday.

"I've gotten used to a certain schedule, and I'm not in any of the tournaments I'm used to this year," Snedeker said after a second-round 67 at Spyglass Hill. "It's no fun not being eligible for the Masters, not playing World Golf Championships, and stuff like that."

While he has been trending in the right direction, with a T-10 finish at TPC Scottsdale followed by a T-19 result last week at Torrey Pines, Snedeker still teed off this week No. 63 in the world. He'll need to crack the top 50 by March 2 to earn a spot at Doral, and he'll need to be inside the top 50 on March 30 to make the Masters.

"Huge motivating factor, not that I need any more to be motivated for," he said. "But I definitely want to make sure that I qualify for the Masters, (WGC-Cadillac) Match Play, WGCs, that kind of stuff. To do that, I need to play good. Nobody to blame but myself, and I need to get out there and get it done.

Snedeker is projected to move inside the top 50 with a solo third-place finish or better this week at Pebble Beach, and he is in position through two rounds. At 12 under, he shares the lead with Matt Jones and his iron game appears to be on point. Snedeker is one of two players in the field still without a bogey this week, and he found all 18 greens in regulation Friday.

He will play his final 36 holes this weekend on the host course, having won this event just two years ago.

"I know what it takes to get it done around here," he said. "It's obviously a little different conditions because the weather is so good this year, the scores are a lot lower than they were when I won, but the next two days, you want to be coming over here to Pebble for two days in a row. Get a good rhythm going, momentum going, get used to the greens and I feel like I’ve got a little bit of an advantage there."