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Top 30 Golfers for the 2016 Majors: No. 27 Brandt Snedeker

Brandt Snedeker

Brandt Snedeker

They’re the cream of the major championship crop, circa 2016 — the Athlon Major Championship Dream Team. Leading up to The Masters, we'll be unveiling Athlon Sports’ 30 players to watch for majors season, with commentary on each from the Golf Channel’s Gary Williams.

No. 27: Brandt Snedeker

Born: Dec. 8, 1980, Nashville, Tenn. | Career PGA Tour Wins: 8 | 2015 Wins (Worldwide): 1 | 2015 Earnings (PGA Tour): $3,698,056 (17th) | World Ranking: 16

Gary Williams’ Take: After working with Butch Harmon on the position of his club at the top of his swing, Snedeker tied for third at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions and then lost in a playoff the following week at the Sony Open to kick off 2016. Then, his final-round 69 in brutal conditions at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines — Snedeker said it was “like playing a British Open on a U.S. Open setup” — gave him his eighth career win on the PGA Tour. Clearly, the former top-5 player in the world is rounding into form and can be a threat on any major venue. Snedeker will never be a top-10 ball striker, but his putting stats annually are in the top 10 on Tour. This is a huge year for Brandt, who is trying to play his way back onto the US Ryder Cup team. At 35 years of age, Snedeker knows there are only a few more opportunities to represent his country, and to play for Davis Love III at Hazeltine is a major priority. 

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Major Championship Résumé

Starts: 33
Wins: 0
2015 Performance:
Masters – Cut
U.S. Open – 8
British Open – Cut
PGA Championship – T12
Best Career Finishes:
Masters – T3 (2008)
U.S. Open – 8/T8 (2010, ’15)
British Open – T3 (2012)
PGA Championship – T12 (2015)
Top-10 Finishes: 7
Top-25 Finishes: 5
Missed Cuts: 10

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