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Swing change, new driver aiding Snedeker

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KAPALUA, Hawaii – Slowed by flu-like symptoms this week, Brandt Snedeker inhaled deeply when asked his condition following his round on Saturday at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.

“All good,” he smiled.

The same could be said of his game after a 65 on Saturday moved him into a tie for fourth place. Although his 8-under card on Day 3 left him nine strokes behind leader Jordan Spieth, it was a sign his game is coming together after an erratic year in 2015 on the PGA Tour.

It’s even more encouraging that Snedeker is off to a solid start in 2016 after what he called a dramatic swing change at the urging of his coach Butch Harmon this offseason and putting a new Bridgestone driver and golf ball in play this week.

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“Butch and I kind of stumbled on something last month,” Snedeker said. “It’s kind of changed my ball-striking problems and I’m excited.”

Despite his steady play, Snedeker – who played a practice round with Spieth on Tuesday – knows he will have to keep making progress if he’s going to catch the world No. 1.

“Obviously being as far back of Jordan as we are you need to make as many birdies as you can,” Snedeker said.