Snedeker's jumpy demeanor and Sunday stumbles earlier in his career had given rise to the belief he was too soft to be an effective closer. (It didn't help that after blowing up on Sunday at the 2008 Masters, he cried like a schoolgirl.) But his steely Sunday performance at Pebble Beach should forever put that notion to rest. As impressive as his ball control was—Snedeker missed only one fairway on Sunday, by a foot—what lingers is the cool detachment he displayed, born of self-belief and comfort under pressure. "I was out there for one purpose and one purpose only, and I was extremely focused all day," he said in the champion's press conference.
Now he's looking ahead to Augusta National, where as golf's premiere putter he has a built-in advantage. How ambitious is Snedeker? He's up to fourth in the World Ranking and openly covets No. 1. "People probably [don't] think it's doable, but I think it is, and I believe in myself and what I'm capable of," he says.
There's another title that is of interest to Snedeker. "I would love to be known as the best American golfer," he says. As he made plain at Pebble, he's well on his way.