Bunker Rake: The rise of Brandt Snedeker

Scott Halleran

Didn't have a chance to watch any golf this weekend? Missed out on the big news from last week? Don't worry, Adam Fonseca has you covered.

There comes a time when golf fans everywhere have to take a step back, take a deep breath and realize that everything they once knew to be true is wrong. That time is now, folks, and like it or not, Brandt Snedeker is the best golfer in America.

Snedeker is better at golf than you -- Let's make this really simple: Brandt Snedeker is playing golf better than everyone else on Tour, period. Not Tiger. Not Phil. It's Brandt.

The reigning FedEx Cup champion has now logged four top-3 finishes in 2013 (third at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, second at the Farmers Insurance Open, second at the Waste Management Phoenix Open and first last week at Pebble Beach). His only other tournament played this season -- the Humana Challenge -- garnered a top 25 finish despite shooting sub-70 all four rounds. His scoring average for his last 19 rounds is 67.5 and he has already earned more than $2.8 million. Overall, Snedeker's is atop the list of scoring average for the full season at 69.30 (the PGA Tour average is 71.40).

Need further proof? Since winning the Tour Championship in September 2012, Snedeker has not finished lower than 23rd in any tournament he has played. In November 2012 he finished tied for 11th at the HSBC Champions and 13th at the World Challenge (admittedly, Tiger's hit-and-giggle event).

To say that Snedeker is on an impressive pace over the past five months would be an understatement. No American player (and perhaps global player, save for the LPGA's Lydia Ko) can make a similar claim at this point.

USGA just confused a lot of people -- In other news, the United States Golf Association (USGA) apparently likes doing things just for the sake of pissing people off.

While the association has decided to add a new tournament to its rotation for the first time in 25 years, they've also decided to remove one of its longest-running events for what seems like no good reason. The newly-added Four Ball Championship, which will feature two-player teams competing against one another in a match-play format, has been chosen to replace the U.S. Amateur Public Links events.

The Public Links events (for both men and women) were the fourth-longest-running tournament on the USGA's schedule and was created to allow public course members a chance for an officially-sanctioned championship. Furthermore, the winner of the men's Public Links earned an invitation to The Masters. With this new schedule, the USGA just took a crap on its own tradition.

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