Snedeker seeks Masters spot

13 December 2017 20:20:24 GMTPlus10

Brandt Snedeker is hoping that his late season dash from Florida to Indonesia and back becomes the most circuitous route imaginable to Augusta National Golf Club next April.

The world number 51 needs to improve his ranking by one after this week's Indonesia Masters to gain an invitation to the first major championship of 2018, The Masters, an event the American has three times finished in the top ten at.

The 37-year-old would have probably been safely inside the top 50 but for spending the back end of the season at home rather than on the course.

"I got kind of a fluke injury in June," he explained ahead of the first round at Royale Jakarta Golf Club. "I had to take about 12 weeks off. I've had lots of therapy and treatment to heal it and now I feel way better."

Having played last week's CBE Shootout in Florida, Snedeker flew up to New York, across the world to Hong Kong and finally south to Indonesia, a voyage of over 24 hours, but he's excited about the week and the challenge ahead.

"Coming to Jakarta has been great so far," he enthused. "I'd seen the course on TV before so it's great to see it today. It is in great shape, tough course, great set of par threes. Hopefully the weather holds off and we get it done on time.

"I always enjoy experiencing new cultures and being on the other side of the world in a place I have not been before. Asian golf has come a long way since the days of KJ Choi."

Snedeker's biggest rival this week will be England's Justin Rose who has a clear aim of his own this week.

"It has been a great year," he said. "I had two great wins, and a good year does need victories.

"To have those two wins makes it a really good year. My goal is to win three times this year by winning this week. The last time I won three times in a year was back in 2002."

Rose is 4.00 to win the tournament outright and claim his hat-trick, while Snedeker is 11.00.

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