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Leaders long and short at Pebble

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — Dustin Johnson is powering his way around the Monterey Peninsula. Paul Goydos is poking along. Two golfers who couldn't be any more different were tied for the lead Saturday in the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

Johnson reached the 595-yard opening hole at Spyglass Hill with a hybrid and made a 20-foot eagle from the fringe to send him on his way to 8-under 64, despite a three-putt bogey on his final hole.

Goydos reached the 513-yard No. 2 with a 3-wood and made an 8-foot eagle, then birdied two of the final three holes for 64 at Pebble Beach.

They were at 18-under 196 and four shots clear of anyone else.

Johnson leads the field this week in driving distance at 310.7 yards. Goydos, averaging 262.7 yards off the tee, was asked if he would just ignore Johnson's power off the tee.

"No, I fully panic," Goydos said. "You know, it is what it is. I don't know if 'ignore' is the right word, but you appreciate. I'm going to appreciate his play, but you go out and play your game, too."

J.B. Holmes and Bryce Molder each had 68 at Spyglass Hill and Matt Jones 66 on the Shore Course at Monterey Peninsula. They were tied for third at 200.

David Duval (67) was tied for seventh. Phil Mickelson (69) was eight shots out of the lead.

The biggest star Saturday was the weather. Along the coast of Pebble Beach, huge swells crashed against the rocks and the sea wall.

"The ocean was angry (Saturday)," Goydos said. "What they've got here is God's gift to golf."

At Spyglass, usually the toughest of the three-course rotation, Johnson wailed away. The defending champion had two eagles and played the par 5s in 6 under.

"Length is not an issue," he said. "Doesn't play very long for me. If I'm hitting it in the fairway, then it definitely plays right into my hands, because I can get to all the par 5s there."

CHAMPIONS: Fred Couples sank a 48-foot putt from well off the green on No. 12 for eagle, then birdied No. 13 to reach 9 under before second-round play was called because of darkness at the ACE Group Classic in Naples. Playing partner Dan Forsman was second, three shots back at 6 under. The leaders are scheduled to play 23 holes today to finish the weather-delayed event.

Leaders long and short at Pebble 02/13/10 [Last modified: Saturday, February 13, 2010 8:30pm]
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