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Snedeker consistently on top, cruises to first 2013 victory

Going into February, Brandt Snedeker held a decent lead in the young season’s FedEx Cup rankings, picking up where he left off after winning the Cup last year. He was able to do this merely by being almost the best during the first five tournaments. Snedeker entered the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am with three Top 5 finishes and seemed to be on a mission to get over the hump that was the second spot. Snedeker cruised to victory, putting up all four rounds under 70 to finish with a solid 19 under par for his first victory of the season. Snedeker was in contention from the start, posting a 6-under-par 66 in round one followed by a 2-under 68 in round 2. His third round score kept him within striking distance of the lead as he was able to hit a 4-under 68. He had room and he went in and took his first victory by dominating in the final day, recording his best score of the tournament with a 7-under 65, putting him two strokes ahead of Chris Kurk, despite finishing strong with a 14 under par over the final two rounds. Snedeker won this tournament the same way he’s been able to contain the top spot of the standings: consistency. At no point did Snedeker post the best score of a single round, but he finished at the top and played big when he needed to, securing his first PGA Tour victory of 2013, and the seventh of his career.

Rankings
Snedeker was already in the top spot of the rankings, and with this victory secures his spot for at least another week. Snedeker sits very comfortably at first with a total of 1,282 points, a whole 700 points ahead of the next competitor Brian Gay, who has 582 points. Then the rankings get a whole lot closer: Phil Mickelson sits just 26 points behind Gay at third with 556 points. Dustin Johnson remains at fourth with 516 points, but Russel Henley is right behind him a whole point away at 515. The rankings remain the same as last week in terms of the top seven with Charles Howell III at the six spot and Tiger Woods looking over Howell’s shoulder into the top five at seventh place. The winner of next week’s Northern Trust Open gains 500 points, so regardless of any outcome Snedeker is safe in first.

Upcoming: Northern Trust Open
The PGA Tour remains in California for the Northern Trust Open at Riviera Country Club, located in Pacific Palisades, Calif. Brandt Snedeker will choose to take advantage of his large early lead and will not be participating in this week’s tournament. The remaining players in the current top five will all participate, looking to take advantage of Snedeker. Chris Kirk took a large leap in the rankings from 33rd to 8th following an impressively strong second half at Pebble Beach and hopes to build on that momentum to try to continue climbing. Kevin Stadler also had an impressive outing, being the only player other than Snedeker to have all scores under 70 as he finished third last week. Stadler’s performance also gave him a huge boost as he leaped from 47th to 17th in the rankings as he has progressed throughout the season from not making the cut on his first outing, to a 27th place finish, followed by an 11th place finish leading up to last week’s Top 3 performance.

Antler spray and a record setting day

We are just beyond a month into the New Year, and with five tournaments into the 2013 FedEx Cup season, we have already have had interesting moments in the world of professional golf. These past couple of weeks alone saw moments varying from the bizarre off the course to the historically impressive on the course. About a week after his admission to using deer antler spray which apparently contains a substance banned by the PGA, Vijay Singh had a scheduled meeting with PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Fenchem on Wednesday over possible sanctions against Singh for using the banned substance IGF-3 which is similar to human growth hormone, or HGH.  Singh had admitted that he had been using deer antler spray openly and frequently since last November, but had no knowledge whatsoever that it contained any banned substance of any kind and that he even read the ingredients when he first received the spray to make sure there were not any substances he was not allowed to use. Singh is still listed to compete in this week’s AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am despite withdrawing from the Waste Management Phoenix Open last week due to back problems.

Lefty’s Back

 On the actual golf course, history was almost made last week during the Phoenix Open by a name many have come to be familiar with over the past decade. Phil Mickelson could not do wrong at TPC Scottsdale in Arizona last week as he came only within two shots of the PGA Tour record of 254 set in the 2003 Texas Open by Tommy Armour III. Mickelson shot a 256 to finish with a score of 28 under par which was good enough to earn him the victory by a margin of four strokes over runner up Brandt Snedecker. Phil rode a phenomenal opening round, posting an 11-under par score of 60 after missing his final birdie putt of the round which would have ended the round with a 59, a feat which has only been achieved by five players on the PGA tour. Mickelson launched himself comfortably into the lead where he never looked back scoring a 6-under par in round two followed by a 7-under par and closing the tournament out with a 4-under par making it a closer affair than what was expected after the round one performance.  This victory marked Mickelson’s 41st PGA victory of his career, putting him in sole position of ninth place in the all-time list of PGA victories with four victories needed to tie Walter Hagen for the eight spot.  This was also just Mickelson’s first victory since his lone 2012 victory in last year’s edition of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am held on Feb. 12, 2012, the same title he looks to defend this upcoming week.

Upcoming : AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am

If Phil Mickelson is able to keep the ball rolling going into this week, he looks like a sure shot to win back to back tournaments for the first time since April of 2006, where the latter was his second of three Masters championships. Mickelson is also the defending victor of the Pro-Am held annually at the famed Pebble Beach Golf Links in Pebble Beach, California. Dustin Johnson, winner of this season’s first event is also a favorite coming in to the tournament along with back to back runner up Brandt Snedecker who will be looking to get his first Tour victory of the season and is currently in the top spot of the FedEx Cup standings thanks to finishing in the top three in three of this young season’s first five tournaments.

FedEx Cup Standings

Brandt Snedecker, out of Nashville, Tennessee currently sits atop the FedEx Cup standings with 782 points despite being the only top five player to have yet won a tournament. Brian Gay (Humana Challenge victor) stands at second and 200 points back. Mickelson is in the third spot at 236 points behind the leader. Hyundai Tournament of Champions winner Dustin Johnson is in fourth place and 266 points behind Snedecker and one point ahead of Russel Henley (Sony Open Champion) who closes out the top five. Tiger Woods is on the outside looking into the top five at seventh place and the only winner of a 2013 PGA tournament not in the top five.

Antler spray and a record-setting day among biggest headlines in pro golf

We are just past a month into the new year and five tournaments into the 2013 FedEx Cup season, and we have already had interesting moments in the world of professional golf. These past couple of weeks alone saw moments varying from bizarre, off-the-course drama to historically impressive play. About a week after his admission to using deer antler spray, which apparently contains a substance banned by the PGA, Vijay Singh had a meeting with PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem on Wednesday over possible sanctions for using the banned substance IGF-1, which is similar to human growth hormone. Singh admitted that he had been using deer antler spray openly and frequently since last November, but had no knowledge that it contained any banned substance. He said he even read the ingredients when he first received the spray to make sure there were not any substances he was not allowed to use. Singh is listed to compete in this week’s AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am despite withdrawing from the Waste Management Phoenix Open last week due to back problems.

Lefty’s Back

On the actual golf course, history was almost made last week during the Phoenix Open by a name many have come to be familiar with over the past decade. Phil Mickelson could not do wrong at TPC Scottsdale in Arizona, as he was just two shots off the PGA Tour record of 254, set in the 2003 Texas Open by Tommy Armour III. Mickelson shot a 256, to finish with a score of 28-under-par, which was good enough to earn him the victory by a margin of four strokes over runner up Brandt Snedecker. Mickelson rode a phenomenal opening round, posting an 11-under-par score of 60 after just missing a birdie putt on the final hole of the round. Sinking that putt would have given him a 59, a feat which has only been achieved by five players on the PGA tour. Mickelson launched himself comfortably into the lead and he never looked back, scoring a six-under-par in round two, followed by a seven-under-par. He closed the tournament out with a four-under-par, making it a closer affair than what was expected after his first round performance. This victory marked Mickelson’s 41st PGA victory, putting him in sole position of ninth place in the all-time list of PGA victories, with four victories needed to tie Walter Hagen for the eighth spot. This was also Mickelson’s first victory since his lone 2012 win at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, the same title he looks to defend this upcoming week.

Upcoming : AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am

If Phil Mickelson is able to keep the ball rolling going into this week, he looks like a sure shot to win back-to-back tournaments for the first time since April of 2006, when he won his second of three Masters championships. Mickelson is also the defending victor of the Pro-Am, held annually at the famed Pebble Beach Golf Links in Pebble Beach, California. Dustin Johnson, winner of this season’s first event, is also a favorite coming into the tournament. Snedecker will be looking to get his first tour victory of the season after finishing in the top three spots in three of this season’s first five tournaments.

FedEx Cup Standings

Snedecker currently sits atop the FedEx Cup standings with 782 points, despite being the only top five player to have yet won a tournament. Human Challenge victor Brian Gay stands at second and 200 points back. Mickelson is in the third spot at 236 points behind the leader. Hyundai Tournament of Champions winner Dustin Johnson is in fourth place, 266 points behind Snedecker and one point ahead of Sony Open winner Russell Henley. Tiger Woods, currently in seventh place, is the only winner of a 2013 PGA tournament not in the top five.

Golf

Senior Bobby Hudson received a sponsor’s exemption to compete in this week’s FedEx St. Jude Classic on the PGA Tour. It will be a homecoming of sorts for Hudson, as the tournament will take place June 10-13 at TPC Southwind in Hudson’s hometown of Memphis, Tenn.

Hudson saw his collegiate career come to an end last week at the NCAA Championships, where he finished tied for 94th. He competed in the NCAA Championships in each of his four years at Texas and claimed two individual regular season tournament titles as a Longhorn.

Other notable participants in the St. Jude Classic include Texas Exes Jhonattan Vegas, Bob Estes, and Harrison Frazar.