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Grading the Pebble Beach Pro-Am and Brandt Snedeker's hot start

By Kyle Porter | Golf Writer
Brandt Snedeker rolls to the Pebble Beach title. (Getty Images)

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Norm Macdonald made a great point on Twitter today (thanks for the lede, Norm!).

Brandt Snedeker moves up to No. 4 in the world rankings with a win at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am this weekend.

I've been telling you guys he's the best player in the world for a few weeks now, and his final round at Pebble validates that. And he validated his own quote from last week about backing up hype with wins:

"You have to win majors and win tournaments to be recognized as an elite player. And I haven't done nearly enough of that, you know."

After his 65 on Sunday, 16 of Snedeker's 19 rounds in 2013 have been in the 60s -- a ridiculous 84 percent. And here's how he's finished in his last nine PGA Tour events: 1, 2, T2, T23, 3, 1, T37, 6, 2!

He set the tournament record Sunday:

Also, his caddie is clearly enjoying the run:

Here's the rest of the grades:

Snedeker's pace

There are a lot of things to love about Snedeker -- his putting, his emotional breakdown after losing the 2008 Masters, his SEC pedigree. But the No. 1 reason to like him might be how quickly he plays the game of golf.

Bill Murray

He's just the best:

Jason Day as an entertainerThe list of golfers who can get the causal fan excited about golf isn't lengthy but I think Jason Day is on it. He fell off the planet last year but with two top-10 performances under his belt in 2013 now (a T9 at the Farmers Insurance Open and a 67 Sunday for a sixth-place finish) Day is back on track.
Big 10 basketball/golf tournament double header

Yes, the changeover of coverage from Golf Channel to CBS is a little awkward, but I can't think of much better on a Sunday afternoon than Indiana-Ohio State followed by three hours of golf at Pebble Beach.

And if you're complaining about missing a couple of minutes of golf because the basketball game ran long, I mean, that's a pretty first-world problem, no?

Tony Romo

Partner Jordan Spieth was 8 under for the tournament. As a team they were 29 under (T3) and Romo wasn't getting strokes!

Granted, he wasn't playing the tips and they weren't counting Romo's bogeys ... but still. Jim Nantz mentioned Romo had over 10 birdies and an eagle with nine holes left Sunday.

Leading or co-leading after round three

Snedeker's win means that now four of five third-round leaders or co-leaders of 72-hole events this year have gone on to win.

Here's the full list:

Sony Open: Russell Henley (won)
Humana Challenge: Scott Stallings (Brian Gay won)
Farmers Insurance Open: Tiger Woods (won)
Phoenix Open: Phil Mickelson (won)
Pebble Beach Pro-Am: Brandt Snedeker (won)

Keegan Bradley as a prophetChris Kirk didn't win, but he finished second with a massive run on Sunday, and Keegan Bradley saw it coming.
Retief Goosen's comebackGoosen is on the comeback trail after back surgery in the fall, and his T9 finish at Pebble is evidence that he's well on his way back to exceptional form.
Phil Mickelson's defense

Lefty was trying to defend his Pebble title from last year as well as build on his Phoenix Open win last weekend.

He struggled, though, going 69-71-73-72 en route to a T60 finish, but at least he gave us this incredible highlight.

Celebs on SundayI love the attention celebrities bring this tournament Thursday through Friday, but they don't need to be out there on Sunday. Here's exhibit A for that:

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