Snedeker's secret to Saturday 66? 'Golf'


ORLANDO, Fla. – With little prompting, Brandt Snedeker summed up the difference between his third-round 66 on Saturday at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and Friday’s 74.

“Golf,” he shrugged.

Snedeker, who teed off in the day’s second pairing, vaulted up the leaderboard with a bogey-free card that included a 15 footer for eagle on the par-5 16th hole.

It’s all part of a scoring onslaught this week at Arnie’s Place that was spurred by less-than-perfect green conditions that forced maintenance crews to keep the putting surfaces wetter, and more receptive, than normal.

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“The greens are receptive. You can short-side yourself,” said Snedeker, who finished his round inside the top 10 at 8 under par. “[In] years past you couldn't go after certain pins.”

Although Snedeker did point out the greens were rolling about a foot faster on the Stimpmeter on Saturday, the statistics prove his point that Bay Hill is playing as easy as it has in years.

The field’s greens in regulation average midway through the third round was 69.5 percent, compared to 64 percent last year and 61 percent in 2013.