Snedeker out to overshadow Spieth at Pebble Beach


Brandt Snedeker returns to defend his title at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am this week but world number one Jordan Spieth is the headline act.

Defending champion Snedeker is bidding to win his third Pebble Beach crown in four years when the tournament gets underway on Thursday.

An eight-time PGA Tour winner, Snedeker clinched last year's event by three strokes and he has since added the 2016 Farmers Insurance Open to his collection.

"California's been great to me. I wish we had four majors in California, or three majors in California and one in Georgia," Snedeker said.

"And I don't know what it is about this place out here, but I love being in San Diego, I love the golf course, and obviously Pebble's been great to me, too. So I love poa annua greens. Any time we get on this, I'm in a good frame of mind."

However, the American is an outsider at Pebble Beach Golf Links as two-time major champion Spieth and a strong field, consisting of 82 Tour winners, descends on the Monterey Peninsula this week.

Tournament of Champions winner Spieth is back in action after skipping last week's Waste Management Phoenix Open.

Australian world number two Jason Day also makes his return to the greens.

Day has not played since he missed the cut at the Farmers Insurance Open last month, while battling the flu.

Justin Rose will make his Pebble Beach debut, while Bubba Watson is back for the first time since 2007.

And expect Watson to be in a better mindset, having complained about TPC Scottsdale last week.

Also in the field is four-time champion Phil Mickelson, as well as Jimmy Walker, Dustin Johnson, Patrick Reed and Ian Poulter.