Brandt Snedeker relishing Hawaii test

Brandt Snedeker Hyundai Tournament of Champions

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Brandt Snedeker is upbeat about his chances in this week’s Sony Open after an encouraging display in the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.

The 35-year-old finished last week’s restricted-field event in a share of third place as Jordan Spieth romped to the title in Maui.

The US star has remained in Hawaii but moved on to Honolulu for the year’s first official PGA Tour event and is on offer at 23.00 to claim the spoils.

Snedeker enjoyed a purple patch in mid-summer last year, with four top-10 finishes in a row including a share of second in the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.

He was eighth in the US Open but, after next finishing tied for 10th at the Travelers Championship, the Nashville resident’s form then tailed off and he ended the year with three missed cuts.

However, after a closing 67 to move up to third in Kapalua, the Ryder Cup ace is relishing the chance to take on his peers in the Pacific.

“I’m really excited about where my game is at right now,” he said. “I’m doing everything well right now and look forward to playing in the Sony.”

And he hopes that the traditional nature of the course will suit his accuracy off the tee and with an iron in his hand.

“It’s one of those old-style courses where you have to drive the ball well and make sure you’re in the right spots to score well. I’m looking forward to coming back,” he added.

Jimmy Walker has won the event for the past two years and is priced at 15.00 to make it a hat-trick, with Australia’s former world number one Adam Scott a 21.00 shot.

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