The PGA Tour has confirmed 13 of its tournaments in 2019 will feature its newly-introduced "9 & 9" Pro-Am format.
Under the “9 & 9" format, which was used at seven events in 2017-18, players could choose to play nine holes of the pro-am before being replaced by a second pro to finish the round.
The program proved to be so successful that the Tour has expanded the option to 13 events in 2019, starting with this week’s Sony Open.
“It gets the (pros) more engaged earlier in the round to make sure the guys are taking an interest in the guys they are playing with. Over 18 holes you have over five-and-a-half hours together so there’s no real urgency to get to know the guys,” said Snedeker.
“In nine holes you feel more of an urgency to get to know guys in your group. And the amateurs have a better time getting to know a couple of pros instead of being with one guy the entire day.”
Snedeker did feel sorry for one amateur during the Phoenix Open Pro-Am last year, however, when he came in to replace Phil Mickelson after nine holes.
“Obviously a huge let down for them to go from Phil to me,” said Snedeker. “I went out of my way for them to have a great time. Those guys were really positive after the round. They would be the ones who would be disappointed, right? But they had a blast and after that experience I kind of came up with a different point of view.”
The “9 & 9” format will be used this season at the Sony Open, Phoenix Open, Puerto Rico Open, Valspar Championship, Valero Texas Open, RBC Heritage, Zurich Classic, Charles Schwab Challenge, RBC Canadian Open, Rocket Mortgage Classic, 3M Open, John Deere Classic and Barbasol Championship.