Snedeker withdraws from Match Play with sore ribs
2013 Pebble Beach Nat'l Pro-Am: Brandt Snedeker
A look at Brandt Snedeker's victorious week at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.
If you had started to map out your brackets for the upcoming WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, you can rip 'em up and go back to the big board. That’s because the hottest player on the planet and a front-line contender has withdrawn.
Brandt Snedeker, less than 48 hours removed from storming to victory at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, called in his regrets, citing continued problems with sore ribs.
According to Snedeker’s management company, Crown Sports, the reigning FedEx Cup champion has been battling a soreness since the Humana Challenge. He was treated by his personal trainer, Randy Myers, and felt well enough to play in the Farmers Insurance Open and Waste Management Phoenix Open, both of which produced runner-up finishes.
But en route to an opening 66 at Monterey Peninsula in the AT&T, Snedeker experienced a return of the soreness, and he told PGA Tour media officials he needed to get some treatment. Obviously, he was able to play through the discomfort because he tacked on rounds of 68-68-65 and rolled to a two-stroke win – his fifth career title and his third since the start of 2012.
The victory vaulted Snedeker to fourth in the world rankings, but since the field won’t be finalized until after the Official World Golf Ranking on Sunday, the withdrawal doesn’t cause havoc. Justin Rose simply will move up to the fourth seed, and Fredrick Jacobson, No. 66 in the world order, will be slotted in as No. 64.
(No. 65 Shane Lowry is already in because No. 10 Phil Mickelson announced his withdrawal last week.)
Having weeks ago decided to follow the AT&T Pebble Beach with a week in Hawaii with his wife and two kids, Snedeker had penciled in the Accenture. But his plan now is to rest his ribs for three weeks and come back for the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral on March 7-10.
It will be the second year in a row that a nagging injury has sidelined Snedeker. He withdrew from the Memorial last year, then sat out four weeks with hip pain, but he came back strong, nearly winning the Open Championship in his second week back.
Snedeker has played just twice in the Accenture. He was eliminated in the first round in 2008 and in the third round by Peter Hanson, 5 and 3, in 2012.
Knowing what we do now about the painful ribs, it makes Snedeker’s performance at Pebble Beach all the more impressive. From a share of the 36-hole lead he pulled away with a memorable weekend at Pebble, making an eagle and 12 birdies against just three bogeys. Particularly impressive, Snedeker hit 13 of 14 fairways and 14 greens in a sizzling 65 Sunday.
Snedeker leads the FedEx Cup standings and the PGA Tour money list and moved to his highest-ever ranking in the world order following his AT&T win.