Brandt Snedeker scores fifth PGA Tour win with victory at Pebble Beach
Brandt Snedeker climbed to number four in the world with a two-shot victory in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.
Last Updated: 11/02/13 7:43am
After runners-up finishes to Tiger Woods at Torrey Pines and Phil Mickelson at Phoenix in the last two weeks, the 32-year-old American finally cashed in on his red-hot form to secure a first success of 2013 and fifth PGA Tour title with a winning score of 19-under.
Starting the day tied for the lead with James Hahn, Snedeker quickly took control of the tournament with an eagle at the par five second and birdies at four, six and seven.
A three-putt bogey at nine reduced his lead to two shots and at that stage his nearest rival was Jimmy Walker, who made six birdies in eight holes between the sixth and 13th.
Snedeker pulled four shots clear via birdie putts from 26 feet and 16 feet at 10 and 11 but, as Walker stalled, Chris Kirk emerged as a new threat.
Kirk birdied 13 and 14 to cut the gap to two but missed decent chances at 16 and 17 to exert further pressure on the leader.
Snedeker slammed the door with a 10 footer for birdie on 17 to go three in front and then enjoyed the walk up the iconic 18th, making a safe par to close out victory.
Kirk's birdie at 18 for a closing 66 left him two back on 17-under while Walker (66), Hahn (70) and Kevin Stadler (65) were three shots further back in tied third.
Fredrik Jacobsen of Sweden emerged as the highest-placed European in tied seventh place after a closing 67 while Lee Westwood could only manage a level par 72 to finish in a tie for 46th.
Last week's Phoenix Open winner Phil Mickelson drove his ball off the cliff at 18 for the second day running and ended with a seven for tied 60th.