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I've Got a Secret
John Garrity
April 08, 2013
Sure, Brandt Snedeker has a game plan for attacking Augusta National, but don't think he's going to share it
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April 08, 2013

I've Got A Secret

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Sure, Brandt Snedeker has a game plan for attacking Augusta National, but don't think he's going to share it

Brandt Snedeker got his first Masters invite in 2004 (for winning the '03 U.S. Public Links Championship) and finished 41st. In four subsequent tries he has three top 20 finishes and a missed cut, but he believes maturity and better preparation give him a bona fide shot at a green jacket.

"I used to panic if something went wrong," he says. "The Masters in '08 is a perfect example. I was in the last group on Sunday and eagled the 2nd hole, but then I got a bad break on number 3 and made bogey. And I was, Oh, no, here it comes! I couldn't handle adversity. If the putter didn't feel just right, if the driver didn't feel good in my hands, I panicked."

Snedeker's final-round 77 dropped him into a third-place tie, four behind Trevor Immelman. But that was Old Snedeker. New Snedeker is armed with a data-driven game plan and a buoyant optimism that see him through bad stretches. "Now I say, You know what? It's going to be fine. And I can say that because I'm so much smarter about how I practice, and I'm so much better prepared."

Snedeker is keeping the details of his Masters strategy under wraps, but apparently they kick in when he turns his car into Magnolia Lane. "My plans have gotten so much clearer—down to the hour, the day, to the umpteenth degree," he says. "That's why I feel like the best golf of my career is ahead of me."

—J.G.

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