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Top 20 Golfers for 2013 Majors: No. 3 Brandt Snedeker


They’re the cream of the major championship crop, circa 2013 — the Athlon Major Championship Dream Team. Leading up to The Masters, we'll be unveiling Athlon Sports’ 20 players to watch for majors season, with commentary on each from the Golf Channel’s Brandel Chamblee.

No. 3: Brandt Snedeker

Born: Dec. 8, 1980, Nashville, Tenn. | Career PGA Tour Wins:|2012 Wins (Worldwide): 2| 2012 Earnings (PGA Tour): $4,989,739 (3rd) World Ranking: 5

Brandel Chamblee's Take

Snedeker was the best putter on the PGA tour in 2012 and as a result won twice, most notably at the Tour Championship, which resulted in him winning the FedExCup. The 2007 Rookie of the Year has improved his spot on the money list every year since 2008 — vaulting from 59th that season to 3rd in 2012. That trend showed no signs of slowing during the 2013 West Coast Swing, where Snedeker posted a win, two seconds and a third. Snedeker has added yardage and improved his ball-striking; in 2012, the Tour Championship was the only event he finished in the top 10 in both fairways and greens in regulation. If that ball-striking carries forward throughout 2013, he could challenge for Player of the Year and be the first FedExCup champion to defend his title successfully. More importantly, he could win his first major. Clearly, he will be one of the biggest newsmakers of the year in golf.

Major Championship Résumé
Starts: 21
Wins: 0

2012 Performance:
Masters - T19
U.S. Open - DNP
British Open - T3
PGA Championship - Cut

Best Career Finishes: 
Masters - T3 (2008)
U.S. Open - T8 (2010)
British Open - T3 (2012)
PGA Championship - T18 (2007)
Top-10 Finishes: 4
Top-25 Finishes: 10
Missed Cuts: 9

—Brandel Chamblee is lead analyst for the Golf Channel. Be sure to follow him @ChambleeBrandel on Twitter.

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