Snedeker wins Pebble Beach Pro-Am


Brandt Snedeker fired a 5-under 67 Sunday to cruise to a three-shot victory at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Here's what went down along the Pacific coastline:

Leaderboard: Snedeker (-22), Nick Watney (-19), Charlie Beljan (-18), Jason Day (-17), Dustin Johnson (-17), Pat Perez (-17)

What it means: The victory makes Snedeker a two-champion of this event and marks his first win since the 2013 Canadian Open. Just a few months thereafter, Snedeker injured his knee in a Segway accident during a pro-am in China and struggled through the 2014 season, registering just three top 10s in 25 starts. As a result, the one-time world No. 4 tumbled outside the top 50. But thanks to this timely win, Snedeker, who entered the week 63rd in the Official World Golf Ranking, is now qualified for his favorite tournament - the Masters.

Round of the day: J.B. Holmes and Brendan Todd both turned in 7-under 65s and both vaulted from a T-40 position overnight into a tie for eighth. Holmes, who lost to Day in a four-way playoff last week, made nine birdies against two bogeys, while Todd stayed bogey-free.

Best of the rest: Playing alongside Snedeker and trying to challenge for the lead, Watney faded on the back nine with bogeys at 13 and 14; but two birdies on 17 and 18 earned him a solo-second finish. Johnson (66), playing his second event since his return, and Day, battling the flu one week after his win at Torrey Pines, finished in a tie for fourth with Perez. Beljan edged all three for third place thanks to a birdie on his final hole.

Biggest disappointment: Overnight leader Jim Furyk struggled to a 2-over 74 and at one point found himself playing from the cliffs above the Pacific Ocean on the par-5 sixth. Furyk remains winless since the 2010 Tour Championship and has failed to convert nine 54-hole leads since. Furyk and Matt Jones (73), playing together in the final group, were the only two players in the top 41 who finished over par Sunday. 

Shot of the day: Steve Wheatcroft actually made two eagles in his final round, but we'll focus on the first one. From 255 yards on the par-5 18th, his ninth hole of the day, Wheatcroft hit the pin with his second shot, leaving himself just a four-footer for the eagle-3. 

Quote of the day: "I'm emotional right now. It's been a long time since I've felt this feeling. It's really special." - a tearful Snedeker