LA JOLLA, CA. – Maybe it’s not quite what Tiger Woods has done at Torrey Pines with eight professional wins here but Brandt Snedeker loves the place, too, and not just for the soul-inspiring views of the Pacific Ocean.
Here’s why Snedeker lights up when he arrives at Torrey Pines:
He has won twice (2010 and 2016), finished second twice and he finished third in 2007 as a Tour rookie, when he shot 61 to start the event.
Since 2010, Snedeker is a combined 61-under par at Torrey Pines, 18 strokes better than second-best Charles Howell III over that time.
Snedeker will start the final round of the Farmers Insurance Open tied for the lead with Patrick Rodgers, one stroke ahead of Tony Finau and C.T. Pan.
“This place, for whatever reason, seems to bring out my best,” Snedeker said after a third-round 70 that put him at 9-under par through 54 holes.
When Snedeker won here last year, he did it in an uncommon way. On a wicked weather day that eventually forced the final round to be suspended and completed on Monday, Snedeker shot a closing 68 in high winds before Sunday play was halted, one of the best rounds played in 2016.
Snedeker spent Monday morning fidgeting, waiting to see if anyone could match or beat his score. No one did.
The final-round weather forecast is ideal this time and Snedeker won’t have to start from six behind as he did last year or seven back when he won in 2010.
“I definitely like my odds better than the last two times,” Snedeker said.
At first glance, Torrey Pines’ long, difficult South Course might not seem a good fit for Snedeker but he’s sneaky long and likes putting on poa annua greens, which tend to get bumpy as the day wears on.
“Certain courses you show up and your confidence level wills you to have a good week,” Snedeker said. “Other weeks when your attitude’s not great and your confidence level’s not there, you can have bad weeks.”