World ranking (current/end of year)
Current 2020 Stats
FedEx Cup Rank: 67th
Top 10: 1
Top 25: 4
Made Cut: 6
Off-The-Tee: 196th (2019: 147th, 2018: 143rd, 2017: 154th)
Approach: 124th (2019: 92nd, 2018: 120th, 2017: 22nd)
Around The Green: 3rd (2019: 3rd, 2018: 16th, 2017: 19th)
Putting: 20th (2019: 12th, 2018: 16th, 2017: 7th)
Tee-To-Green: 84th (2019: 63rd, 2018: 94th, 2017: 51st)
Total: 35th (2019: 21st, 2018: 47th, 2017: 16th)
At one stage in his career a world top ten player (he was ranked fifth after his T6 at the 2013 Masters, for instance), Snedeker has slipped into the doldrums between 25th and 50th in the last five or six years, a consequence of six of his nine PGA Tour titles being claimed before mid-2013 and just the three since. He’s slowed down with what was once an impressive rate of hitting the top ten in the majors. He opened 2019-20 with four weekends of activity and then moved into his comfort zone: The Poa Annua swing. What happened next was a little odd. He threatened to win at Torrey Pines (T3), missed the cut rather horribly in the Pebble Beach Pro-am, and shot himself in the foot with an opening 76 in the WGC Mexico before finishing with a 64 for T22. His stats highlight his sparkling short game, an always weak game off the tee, but an Approach game going backward.
Grade so far: C-
Sanderson Championship (on playing a new course): “I look at past history, who won, what the scores were, getting a sense for the kind of golf you have to play. Just making sure it fits my eye, that it would make sense for me to be here. Not being a long hitter I've got to kind of pick and choose where I play so I'm not going up against the 8-ball playing against guys that have a four-shot advantage over me before I even tee it off.”
Farmers Insurance Open (on loving Poa Annua): “When I come here I'm always in a good mood, which is probably half the battle. You're going to hit some great putts that don't go in, so you've got to have a good mindset and realize it's part of being on Poa Annua. I always have, I love it.”
Farmers Insurance Open (on strategy): “I don't look at leaderboards. I can't control what other guys are doing. I knew what I needed to do. I knew if I hit 14, 15 greens today, I'd have a really good chance to win the way I was playing.”
THE MAJORS (most recent results on the left)
The Masters: MC-27-10-MC-37-6-19-15-MC-3-41
He claimed a third top ten at Augusta National in 2016, but there’s no doubt that his record there is two-tone. The first six starts reaped four top 20s, including the first two top tens, the last five have just the one top 20. He averaged 1.82 Putts per GIR in that latter period and 1.69 in the former.
PGA Championship: 16-42-56-12-13-66-MC-MC-39-MC-24-18
Four top 20s in 12 starts, but not one top ten and the inability to step out from the field goes deeper. In 42 rounds he has only ever once signed his card and found himself in the top ten, when T7 at halfway in 2008. And the closest he has been to the lead with 18 holes to play? T13 in 2015. He’s never gone sub-70 on Thursday.
U.S. Open: 77-48-9-MC-8-9-17-11-8-MC-9-23-MC
Much more successful than his PGA record which, given his struggles in Off the Tee rankings, might surprise some. He’s snaffled eight top 25s in 13 appearances and five of them were top tens. Long term that might make him a fantasy play or match-bet, but punters might be swayed by the lack of a top five (unless believing it due).
Open Championship: MC-MC-22-MC-58-11-3-MC-MC-MC
Quite a record. Six failures to make the weekend in ten, on a seventh occasion he ended the week T58 and even his T22 in 2016 was a little fortunate – he made the cut by just the one blow. But in 2012 and 2013 he found something. At Royal Lytham he led by one at halfway and was in the top five all week on his way to T3. A year later at Muirfield he opened with a 68 to lie T4, followed it with a 79 that was more like his seaside norm, but finished 69-72 for T11. He’s gone sub-72 just twice in ten first rounds. In all majors he’s made just one top ten in his last ten starts, having made eight in the previous 27.