If you had asked me back in February who I thought had the best chance to win the US Open this year, I would have told you, Brandt Snedeker of course. The top statistic as we get ready to go to Merion next week is with a doubt, Greens in Regulation, and until his rib injury at the Humana, Brandt Snedeker had a laser in his bag.
Snedeker has fallen on hard times since returning from his injury, one might even say, he hasn’t returned as of yet. After winning the FedEx Cup in 2012, one thought he might rest on his laurels, and accomplishments, but the 32 year-old Vanderbilt Grad from Nashville hit the ground running in 2013. In five early tournaments, he only finished out of the top ten once, and that was at The Humana where he said he hurt his ribs.
He finished third at the season Opener on Maui, and finished second to Tiger Woods at the Farmers Insurance, a tournament and a golf course Tiger owns. He finished second again the following week in Phoenix to Phil Mickelson, a tournament and a golf course that Lefty owns, before getting his only win of the year at Pebble Beach.
Since coming back, Sneds has missed three cuts, but finished well at the Masters, in sixth place, to go with an eighth place at The Players. He missed the cut last week at Memorial, shooting 80 in the second round, and getting an early trip home. He will play this week at The St Jude Classic in his final tune up for Merion.
Even with his troubles since returning, Snedeker is still ranked 11th in GIR, and 10th in driving accuracy. This is the type of game that should fare well in US Open conditions. He will have to show up healthy, and be able to tap into the magic he had in February if he is to get his first Major Championship.
We hear the question all the time about who is the best golfer on tour who hasn’t won a major? Some will tell you Lee Westwood, Luke Donald, Steve Stricker, and now, Matt Kuchar has entered the conversation. I think the answer is Brandt Snedeker. Snedeker, when healthy has all of the tools needed to contend at both the US, and British Opens. I will be totally amazed if we get to the end of the year, and he hasn’t gotten that major.
I’m waiting to see how he plays this week in Memphis. If he looks to be back to the early player we saw in February, I’m going out on a limb, and put him at the top of my list to win the US Open.
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