Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)
Birthday: December 8, 1980
College: Vanderbilt University
Year turned pro: 2004
Birthplace: Nashville, Tennessee, USA
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Snedeker was introduced to the world of golf from a very young age, by his maternal grandmother, who was the manager of a golf course in Missouri. Snedeker attended Vanderbilt University, and turned professional in 2004, after graduating.
When he first turned professional Snedeker played on the Nationwide Tour. In 2006 he finished ninth on the money list for the Nationwide Tour which meant that he earned his card for the PGA Tour the following season.
Snedeker started well on his PGA Tour career. Although he only eventually finished third at the Buick Invitational in 2007, he still managed to impress after shooting a course record sixty one in the first round. Snedeker’s impressive form continued, as he made the cut on eight consecutive occasions. Of these cuts he finished in the top twenty five, three times. That year, Snedeker also finished in a tie for twenty third place at the US Open. After finishing twice in the top ten of tournaments in July 2007. Snedeker entered the top one hundred of the world rankings for the first time. Later that season Snedeker achieved his first PGA Tour win at the Wyndham Championship in North Carolina. In recognition of an excellent first season on the PGA Tour, Snedeker was named the PGA Tour Rookie of the Year for 2007.
In 2008, Snedeker finished in the top ten at a major for the first time, at the Masters, where he finished in third place. This finish meant that Snedeker rose to thirty second in the world rankings. Snedeker’s success in majors continued at that year’s US Open where he finished in a tie for ninth place. The second part of 2008 was not as successful for Snedeker and he failed to achieve another top ten finish. The struggle for form continued into 2009, until he achieved top five finishes at the AT&T National, the John Deere Classic, the RBC Canadian Open and the Wyndham Championship. This moderate level of success did not continue across to any of the majors, where Snedeker failed to make the cut on every occasion. Part of the reason for Snedeker’s form in 2009 was his problem with a rib injury.
2010 was again a season of differing fortunes for Snedeker. It started well with a couple of top ten finishes, and generally consistent play, until Snedeker failed to make the cut in five out of seven starts in a row. Despite this dip in form, Snedeker went on to achieve his best ever finish in the US Open, in eighth place, and continued to play consistently for the rest of the season. 2011 was again an up and down season for Snedeker, although away from the course he attended the birth of his child. That year he finished in a tie for fifteenth place at the Masters. He also achieved his second win on the PGA Tour, at The Heritage. Later in the year Snedeker had to take several weeks away from the tour when he underwent surgery to deal with a degenerative hip problem. Snedeker’s injury problems continued in 2012 when he had to withdraw from the US Open due to a rib injury. This didn’t stop him winning the FedEx Cup and the $10 million prize after winning the Tour Championship.
Snedeker’s 2013 season started well, as he finished in the top three of the first four tournaments he started. He followed this success with a win, at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am which saw him rise to fourth in the world rankings. This was before he had to withdraw from the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship due to what was later diagnosed as low bone turnover.
Snedeker worked hard to try and improve both his swing and his mental strength for the 2015 season, after the disappointments of 2014. The hard work paid off when he again won at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, after which he re-entered the top 50 of the world rankings.
Away from the golf course Snedeker is a family man, who lives in Nashville with his wife Mandy and their children Lily and Austin. Snedeker is not the only member of his family who is involved with professional golf; his brother Haymes Snedeker also plays.
As of the end of 2014, Snedeker had achieved six wins on the PGA Tour, amassing prize money of $23,068,690.