PEBBLE BEACH -- Brandt Snedeker jumped in front with an eagle on the par-5 second hole, added three birdies on the opening seven holes and never looked back en route to a record performance Sunday with a 7-under 65 for a two-shot victory over Chris Kirk in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.
Snedeker holed a 10-foot birdie on the 17th hole, and then tapped in for par to finish at 19-under 267. That broke the tournament record by one shot held by Phil Mickelson (2007) and Mark O'Meara (1997), who each had a 20-under 268 when Poppy Hills was still in the rotation.
The hottest player in golf, Snedeker had finished as runner-up to Tiger Woods and Mickelson the past two weeks. Now he finally has a trophy to show for it.
"Feels great to finish one," he said. "The last two weeks, playing great but running into two Hall of Famers, really motivated me to go out and prove that I can handle the lead."
In five starts this year, he already had a win, two second-place finishes and a third. He never had much of a chance against Woods at Torrey Pines or Mickelson at the Phoenix Open, who each had big leads going into the final round.
Snedeker was tied with James Hahn, a 31-year-old rookie from Alameda and Cal, entering the final round. Hahn (final-round 70), Jimmy Walker (66) and Kevin Stadler (65) finished tied for third, five strokes back.
Snedeker goes to No. 4 in the world, the highest ranking of his career and second only to Woods among Americans.
"Kind of crazy to think what's happened," he said.
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