Brandt Snedeker can target Masters win and become world number one, says Oliver Wilson
Last Updated: February 11, 2013 10:07am
Snedeker: in-form man
Oliver Wilson believes Brandt Snedeker will arrive at The Masters looking to become the number one player in the world.
The American climbed to fourth in the world rankings following his impressive victory at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, a performance that cemented his status as the most in-form player of 2013 so far.
He is currently the fourth favourite for the first major of the year, which starts at Augusta on April 11, and 2009 Ryder Cup player Wilson says that if he maintains his current standard then he has a strong chance of winning the Masters and eclipsing Rory McIlroy as the planet's top golfer.
"Anything is possible," he told Sky Sports.
"Right now he's the hottest player in world golf, but The Masters is still a few weeks away, so it's going to be somewhat tricky to keep the form going like he is.
"He could well do it and he'd be challenging for world number one by then, so he can definitely win. He knows how to win, we've seen that, and I can definitely see him being in the mix for The Masters.
"And who knows? If he wins The Masters he may well go on to win a few more majors?"
Wilson's praise came after watching Snedeker card a closing seven-under par 65 at Pebble Beach to claim his first win of the season, after finishing second in each of the last two weeks.
He was beaten only by Tiger Woods at Torrey Pines and Phil Mickelson at Phoenix, but there was no halting his charge this weekend as he finished on 19-under to win by two shots from Chris Kirk.
"That's how to win a golf tournament; you can't ask for anything more," Wilson said.
"Normally you get a few ups and downs in a round, but he really didn't have any. He had one bogey and responded with two birdies straight away!
"It was exactly how you'd want to do it and it was a dream day for him."