Originally written on Taking Bad Schotz  |  Last updated 11/14/14

LA JOLLA, CA - JANUARY 31: Brandt Snedeker tees off the 18th hole during the final round of the 2010 Farmers Insurance Open on January 31, 2010 at Torrey Pines Golf Course in La Jolla, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

Forget the Official World Golf Ranking, Brandt Snedeker is really the number-one golfer on tour right now. Not Rory McIlroy, not Tiger Woods, not Phil Mickelson, not anybody else. The 32 year-old from Nashville, Tennessee has taken the PGA Tour by storm in 2013. Snedeker has played five tournaments so far in 2013. His finishes are: third at the Tournament of Champions, tied for 23rd at the Humana Challenge, tied for second at the Farmers Insurance Open, second at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, and first last week at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. The summary of these five tournaments is one victory, four top-three finishes, and no finish outside the top 23. This stretch is amazing, considering there have only been six PGA Tour tournaments in 2013, so Snedeker has only taken off one week. He’s played in four straight weeks, and the last three weeks he hasn’t finished outside the top two. Here’s how he stacks up against the rest of the PGA Tour this year: He is tied for the most victories with one. He is leading the FedEx Cup standings by 700 points. He has the most top-ten finishes, with only one other golfer having three top-ten finishes, which is still one behind Snedeker’s four. In the last three weeks when Snedeker hasn’t finished outside the top two, no player has more than one top-five finish. Snedeker has three top-two finishes. To say he is dominating the golf world right now is an understatement. Snedeker is number-four in the Official World Golf Ranking. Above him is Luke Donald at three, Tiger Woods at two, and Rory McIlroy at one. Luke Donald hasn’t competed in a tournament in 2013. Tiger Woods has played in two tournaments, missing the cut and winning the other one. Rory McIlroy has played one tournament, missing the cut in Abu Dhabi. These three combined have played in three tournaments with two missed cuts and one victory. Snedeker, on the other hand, has played in two more tournaments than the three, won the same amount as the three combined, and has three more top-three, top-five, and top-ten finishes than the “Big Three”. Brandt Snedeker is dominating the world’s best by himself. Brandt Snedeker is on a streak that compares to LeBron James’ current streak of six straight games of 30 points and shooting at least 60 percent from the field. I’m not saying that Snedeker is the LeBron of golf or even that Snedeker is as good at golf as LeBron is at basketball. But, he is dominating his sport currently in the same manner that LeBron is dominating his. Calling Snedeker the best golfer in the world may sound weird or wrong, but right now it’s the truth. The rest of the golf world, especially the top three, better be aware of this young phenom. Come April in Augusta at the Masters, Tiger Woods or Rory McIlroy will be the popular picks to win, but don’t sleep on Mr. Brandt Snedeker, the number-one golfer in the world. -O’Shea


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