EBBLE BEACH -- Brandt Snedeker, the smooth-cruising winner of Sunday's AT&T National Pro-Am, is a Nashville guy all the way. He grew up there. He still lives there. He went to college there, at Vanderbilt. He plays golf there with singer Vince Gill.
It figures, then, that Snedeker says that he is a fan of country music. So what country song title would best describe his career?
"There's a bunch of them," Snedeker said, "because I'm feeling both heartache and excitement. But y'all can come up with a song title for me. Y'all are probably better at that."
Probably not. But I can definitely suggest a song title that Snedeker will not need after Sunday: "If The Devil Danced In Empty Pockets, He'd Have A Ball In Mine."
Snedeker's two-stroke victory here was worth a $1.15 million first prize check. So his pockets aren't empty. And he's been as hot as any competitor on the PGA Tour so far in 2013. He's won more money than anyone else. He's had 10 consecutive rounds in the 60's. He's got big goals.
"I would love to be known as the best American golfer," Snedeker said. "I've got a long way to go to do that. But this is a great start to the year. Couldn't have scripted much of a better one."
Or to paraphrase another country song title: If the Pro-Am Was A Fish, He Wouldn't Throw It Back In.
So for the heck of it, let us examine the proposition that Snedeker himself raised: Does he have a rightful and legitimate chance to become the USA's top golfer?