Snedeker went to Butch for help before U.S. Open


PINEHURST, N.C. – More than three hours before his third-round tee time at the U.S. Open, Brandt Snedeker could be found tinkering on the putting green adjacent Pinehurst No. 2’s first tee.

Snedeker began the week using a new putter, but on Saturday he was alternating between three different models - the putter he used for Rounds 1 and 2, his old Odyssey putter and a third model.

Putter roulette may be the least newsworthy item to surface this week regarding Snedeker, who is tied for third place after two rounds at the U.S. Open.

Golf Channel insider Tim Rosaforte reported Saturday morning that Snedeker flew to Las Vegas two weeks ago for a session with swing coach Butch Harmon.

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Snedeker spent about three hours with Harmon on May 29 as part of a plan he and his normal swing coach, Todd Anderson, came up with.

“We’ve been working on stuff for a while, and he’s a real feel player, and we couldn’t figure it out,” Anderson told “Basically, I just said, ‘I don’t know if I’m missing something.’ So we had Butch take a look.”

Anderson said Harmon confirmed that the techniques he and Snedeker were working on were correct and also said that he will continue to be the 2012 FedEx Cup champion’s swing coach.

“It’s not about me, it’s about Brandt,” Anderson said. “This was just a go out and get a reconfirmation that what we were working on was right.”