Snedeker leaves Bay Hill with positivity for Masters

Brandt Snedeker's outlook for the Masters at Augusta improved when his putting did the same in the final round at Bay Hill last month.

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Brandt Snedeker can empathize with all the struggling putters out there. That’s because one of the Tour’s best with the flatstick has been uncharacteristically poor on the greens lately, leaving Bay Hill ranked 76th in strokes gained-putting.

“Every great putter that putts badly understands why some guys who are bad putters are sour guys to be around sometimes,” said Snedeker, the Tour’s best putter statistically in 2012 and fourth last season. “When you’re not putting well, it’s tough to have a great outlook. It’s tough to stay positive.”

Snedeker’s outlook heading to the Masters just became a whole lot better, though. After what he called one of the worst putting rounds of his career Saturday, Snedeker followed with one of his best in Sunday’s final round: 25 putts, including 11 one-putts and five made putts of 13 feet or more, notably a 27-footer for birdie at the opening hole and a 24-foot birdie at the 11th.

“Today is the best I’ve rolled it in a year, it felt like,” said Snedeker, who shot 68 and tied for eighth, his first top 10 of the season.

“I’ve been trying to find (my putting stroke) all year, and today is the best it’s felt under the gun,” Snedeker said. “Hopefully I’ve figured something out.”

Editor's note: This feature first ran in Golfweek magazine that hit doorsteps on March 28, 2014. If you'd like to subscribe, click here.

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