Brandt Snedeker broke his own scoring record and won the AT&T Pebble Beach (Calif.) National Pro-Am for the second time in three years.
Snedeker played bogey-free in the final round Sunday, closing with a 5-under 67 and a three-shot victory over Nick Watney.
Snedeker fell out of the top 50 at the end of last year for the first time since 2011 and was guaranteed of playing only one major and no World Golf Championships unless he turned his game around.
One great week at Pebble Beach changed everything.The victory assures him a spot in the Masters and PGA Championship (he already was eligible for the U.S. Open). And he moves to No. 31 in the world ranking, which most likely gets him into all the WGCs, starting with Doral in three weeks.
"I'm just so excited about what's next," Snedeker said.
He made only one bogey in 72 holes. And when he finally took the lead after Watney made his worst swing of the week — a 4-iron right of the sixth fairway and into Stillwater Cove — Snedeker pulled away.
A par on the final hole gave him a 22-under 265, breaking the scoring record by two shots that he set in 2013. He also broke by two shots the score to par previously held by Phil Mickelson (2007) and Mark O'Meara (1997) when par-72 Poppy Hills was still in the rotation.
Watney opened with four consecutive birdies, but it was three bogeys in a five-hole stretch at the turn that cost him. He rallied with a pair of birdies for a 69 to secure second place alone.
"Brandt handled himself really well," Watney said. "Maybe in trouble one time, but very solid. So that's what I need to be like next time."
Lee Janzen birdied his final hole to get into a playoff, then beat Bart Bryant to win the ACE Group Classic in Naples, Fla. Janzen forced the playoff with an 8-foot putt on No. 18. Bryant stormed into contention with a 10-under-par 62 on the final day, tying a course record.
Australian Andre Dodt beat countryman Scott Hend and local favorite Thongchai Jaidee by one shot at the Thailand Classic.