FedExCup Standings

Mark Rivkin reports on the latest golf news, and in this edition we’ll take a look at the FedExCup leader board as well as one of the hottest players in golf, Brandt Snedeker. After recently playing in his first Ryder Cup and locking in a huge ten million dollar 2012 FedEx Cup victory, Snedeker continues to build on his success with an impressive win at this weekend’s 2013 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

The ocean that cradles the 18th tee at Pebble Beach is as vast as the future for this young professional and Snedeker said that it “Feels great to finish one; 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 has 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.

The victory at Pebble Beach marks his fifth career win and Snedeker improved to a career-best No. 4 in the world, making him the second-highest American in the world ranking. Consecutive weeks taking a backseat, second place to Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods, though impressive, were unacceptable and after this weekend’s tournament, Snedeker observed that he’d “love to be known as the best American golfer.” The 32 year old Nashville native is not far off and 2013 looks to be a promising year for the young golfer. His next few rounds will be the perfect test on his road to the Masters, as we all know that a major victory is the next step for Snedeker.

Brandt Snedeker currently tops the FedExCup leader board, and Brian Gay, Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson and Russell Henley join him respectively in the top five.

As the new season gets underway we can expect many young golfers to make their presence known in 2013, and the golf experts at PGATour.com have made a few predictions about top rookies who are expected to impress as the season goes on:

  1. Morgan Hoffmann was 3-for-3 in cuts made as an amateur in 2009-10, and he made 12 of 13 cuts on the Web.com Tour last year. This young prospect only got better as he progressed in 2012, and we expect that to remain the same with every tournament this golfer gets under his belt.
  2. Luke Guthrie led the 2012 Web.com Tour in putting average and put up seven top-10 finishes in only ten starts. We all know how crucial good putting can be for both confidence and the scoreboard, so as long as this FedExCup rookie practices and sticks to his game, he should be just fine.
  3. Russell Henley’s recognition as the 3rd best rookie to watch in 2013 can be attributed to the strength of his finish in last year’s Web.com Tour. His final four starts last year included a win at the Chiquita Classic, a win at the Winn-Dixie Jacksonville Open at TPC Sawgrass, a solo 3rd place finish and a tie for 6th. Keep your eyes on this young golfer, as he currently sits at 5th in the 2013 FedExCup Standings.

Stay tuned for more FedExCup Golf updates from Mark Rivkin.

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