More than just about anyone in the field, Brandt Snedeker knows there are birdies to be had at Pinehurst No. 2.
After all, he made four birdies, missed a short putt at No. 9 for a fifth and shot 31 on the front nine in the first round before settling for a 69. He’s tied with the leader Martin Kaymer with a total of 12 birdies through 54 holes, too.
Snedeker, though, has just made too many bogeys to put much pressure on the German. He’ll start the final round 1 under and trailing by seven strokes after posting a 72 on Saturday, his first round above par of the week.
“I drove it will really well,” Snedeker said. “I gave myself opportunities early and hung in there pretty nicely. I just could not hit the right club, it seemed like. … (It) seemed like every hole I was a half a club off.
“That’s something to go work on for tomorrow and make sure I’m getting the right digits out there and making sure we’re getting the right numbers and playing the right spots to the green.”
Still, Snedeker’s torrid start to the week gives him hope for the final round.
“I didn’t honestly have my best stuff on the back nine today where I just survived,” he said. “Made a bunch of pars coming in, which is what you have to do. You come out here fresh tomorrow, new mindset. …
“I shot (31) on the front nine this week before, I can go do it again and put some pressure on them and have some fun tomorrow afternoon.”
Source: PGA Tour