Short-stick struggles: Snedeker looks to improve


PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Beauty, or a lack thereof, is in the eye of the beholder. At least that would be the instant analysis reaction to Brandt Snedeker’s take on his putting at TPC Sawgrass on Tuesday.

Snedeker, long considered one of the PGA Tour’s best with the short stick, said that despite the fastest start of his career – he finished tied for second (Farmers Insurance Open), second (Waste Management Phoenix Open) and first  (AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am) in a three-week stretch before being sidelined with injury – his putting has not been up to his own lofty standards.

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“This year inside 5 feet, I’ve been terrible,” Snedeker said.

Statistically, there has been a slight drop off in Snedeker’s ability to convert from inside 10 feet. He’s currently 23rd on Tour from that distance, compared to 43rd last year when he won the FedEx Cup.

Maybe the more telling stat this year for Snedeker has been his three-putt avoidance. He currently ranks 89th, compared to 21st last season.

“It’s everything, it’s a little bit mental, little bit physical, and it’s about combining those two things to do enough reps and get enough confidence to know what the ball to be doing,” he said.