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Brandt Snedeker masters Pebble Beach with record score

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Brandt Snedeker fist-pumps after his final putt points him toward Augusta.


Photo: Michael Macor / The Chronicle


Musician Huey Lewis (left) appears happy to be stranded with Snedeker and runner-up Nick Watney on a second hole. Lewis and partner Jim Furyk tied for 12th in a pro-am.


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Brandt Snedeker tips his shawl to a fans as he walks adult to a eighteenth immature and went on to turn leader of a 2015 ATT Pebble Beach National Pro-Am on Saturday Feb. 15, 2015, in Pebble Beach, Calif., his caddie Scott Vail is tighten by.


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Fog rolls in towards a seventeenth hole as a final groups finish adult play on a Pebble Beach Golf Links during a final turn of a ATT Pebble Beach National Pro-Am on Saturday Feb. 15, 2015, in Pebble Beach, Calif.


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The Giants’ Matt Cain receives a Jack Lemmon award, given to a pledge whose scoring helps his pro partner a most.


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Brandt Snedeker binds his son Austin after winning a 2015 ATT Pebble Beach National Pro-Am on Saturday Feb. 15, 2015, in Pebble Beach, Calif.


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Brandt Snedeker binds a champion’s prize as a leader of a 2015 ATT Pebble Beach National Pro-Am on Saturday Feb. 15, 2015, in Pebble Beach, Calif.


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Nick Watney hits out of a severe on a eighteenth hole and finished a tournamnet during 19 underneath standard and second place on a Pebble Beach Golf Links during a ATT Pebble Beach National Pro-Am on Saturday Feb. 15, 2015, in Pebble Beach, Calif.


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Brandt Snedeker tee shot on a second hole on a Pebble Beach Golf Links during a final turn of a ATT Pebble Beach National Pro-Am on Saturday Feb. 15, 2015, in Pebble Beach, Calif.


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Brandt Snedeker hits his second shot on a par-5 eighteenth hole and went on to turn a leader of a 2015 ATT Pebble Beach National Pro-Am on Saturday Feb. 15, 2015, in Pebble Beach, Calif., his caddie Scott Vail is tighten by.


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Jason Day digs a shot out of a severe along a fifteenth hole and went on a finish a tournamnet during 17 underneath standard on a Pebble Beach Golf Links during a final turn of a ATT Pebble Beach National Pro-Am on Saturday Feb. 15, 2015, in Pebble Beach, Calif.


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Brandt Snedeker watches his tee shot on a fourth hole on a Pebble Beach Golf Links during a final turn of a ATT Pebble Beach National Pro-Am on Saturday Feb. 15, 2015, in Pebble Beach, Calif.


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Giants’ catcher Buster Posey chips adult to a second hole immature on a Pebble Beach Golf Links during a final turn of a ATT Pebble Beach National Pro-Am on Sunday Feb. 15, 2015, in Pebble Beach, Calif.


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Nick Watney out of a immature side fort on a fifth hole on a Pebble Beach Golf Links during a final turn of a ATT Pebble Beach National Pro-Am on Saturday Feb. 15, 2015, in Pebble Beach, Calif.


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Giants catcher Buster Posey tries physique English to awaken his putt toward a crater on a second hole during Pebble Beach.


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Jim Furyk saves standard on a eighth hole as his caddie Mike “Fluff” Cowan replaces a dwindle stick, on a Pebble Beach Golf Links during turn 3 movement of a ATT Pebble Beach National Pro-Am on Saturday Feb. 15, 2015, in Pebble Beach, Calif.


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PEBBLE BEACH — Two years ago, Brandt Snedeker’s win along a hilly seashore of Carmel Bay influenced lofty visions. Snedeker was a game’s hottest actor then, rising to No. 4 in a universe ranking, and his pledge partner, Toby Wilt, talked plainly of Snedeker chasing a Masters immature jacket.

This time, Snedeker’s win simply gets him in a doorway during Augusta National.

Golf is oppressive this way: Slumps not usually cut into a player’s paycheck some-more directly than in other sports, though they also can repudiate entrance to a theatre altogether. Snedeker began 2015 not certain he would even land a mark in 3 of a 4 majors (he already had cumulative his place in a U.S. Open).


“I kept regulating a term: we wish to be applicable again in golf,” Snedeker pronounced Sunday. “I consider I’m applicable again.”

He done it there by providing an anticlimactic finale to a stately week on a Monterey Peninsula, full of comfortable fever and larger-than-usual crowds. Snedeker squeezed any play from a final turn of a ATT Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, sharpened a five-under-par 67 and coasting to a three-shot feat over Nick Watney (69).

Snedeker finished during a tournament-record 22-under-par. Mark O’Meara (1997) and Phil Mickelson (2007) common a prior record during 20-under.

Count this as a delight for perseverance, discerning play and ability on a greens. Snedeker is a acquire remedy to some accoutrements of a complicated game, since he doesn’t dawdle over his shots — suppose that — and he thrives notwithstanding not smacking a round into apart galaxies.

Power is not a exigency to win during Pebble Beach, Spyglass Hill and Monterey Peninsula, as Snedeker showed in winning his second ATT title. These are some of a tour’s many approved courses, mouth-watering players of all styles to jump into row if they extent their mistakes.

Snedeker done usually one spook in 72 holes. Now that’s tying mistakes.

The feat warranted him a mark in a Masters, that invites PGA Tour winners from a prior 12 months. Snedeker also can count on a outing to San Francisco after in April; he entered a week during No. 63 in a universe ranking though will stand to No. 31 on Monday. The tip 64 validate for a Match Play Championship during Harding Park.

Wilt, a late try entrepreneur and distinguished alumnus of Vanderbilt (Snedeker’s alma mater), gave his crony cooperative grief about all this before they arrived during Pebble. Wilt is a member during Augusta National and calls Snedeker “my fifth son,” so Wilt also gave Snedeker a comfortable cuddle after he done his final putt Sunday on No. 18.

“Welcome to Augusta,” Wilt told him.

There were many reasons Snedeker struggled in 2014. He fought by an vague damage and some automatic issues with his swing, call him to change coaches in Jun and sinecure Butch Harmon. Snedeker raved about Harmon lifting his confidence, generally amid final-round tension.

One example: Harmon encourages Snedeker to tee a round down and strike low shots when a vigour rises. He followed this recommendation on a behind 9 Sunday, as a approach to control his drives and stay in a fairway as mostly as possible.

See, a mind matters. It’s not all about stepping to a tee and overhanging for a moon.

“This is substantially a best meditative week I’ve had on a PGA Tour,” Snedeker said. “Thinking is substantially underrated on tour: how we play a course, where we skip a ball, where we strike a round and perplexing to extent your mistakes.…

“Two years ago, we had a fibre of good golf entrance into here. we kind of knew where my diversion was. But to come out here and do it (this year), with a new suspicion process, I’m really vehement to hoop a vigour a approach we did today.”

Snedeker emits a clearly low-key vibe: eternally smiling, upbeat and amiable. Still, an plenty sip of ferocity froth underneath a surface. That was clear Sunday on No. 5, when Snedeker coaxed home a 17-foot birdie putt — and unleashed a quick, fatiguing fist pump.

Moments later, when Watney’s standard putt slid past a hole, he forsaken into a first-place tie with Snedeker. Snedeker took solitary possession of a lead on No. 6 (for good, as it incited out), when Watney’s second shot sailed into Stillwater Cove and led to another bogey.

Snedeker stretched his lead to 3 shots on No. 13, afterwards 4 on No. 14 and 5 on No. 15. His wander down a widen was ease and carefree, an altogether pleasing approach to lapse to a winner’s round — and Augusta National.

Ron Kroichick is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. E-mail: [email protected] Twiter: @ronkroichick

Leaders

Name

Final

Brandt Snedeker

-22

Nick Watney

-19

Charlie Beljan

-18

Dustin Johnson

-17

Jason Day

-17

Pat Perez

-17

Jordan Spieth

-16

Matt Jones

-16

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