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Snedeker tied for Pebble Beach lead

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — Brandt Snedeker, the hottest player without a win this year, had four straight birdies at Pebble Beach for 4-under 68 Saturday and a share of the lead with rookie James Hahn after three rounds at the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

"I feel like I'm in great position, and I'm going to be surely more prepared, no matter who is around me in the last group," said Snedeker, who posted his ninth straight round in the 60s. "I'm probably going to have the most experience of anybody in those last couple groups of winning a golf tournament."

Snedeker missed four birdie putts inside 10 feet, including on the last two holes.

Hahn, 31, birdied his last three holes for 66 at Spyglass Hill — three courses are played in the tournament — putting him in the final group for the first time. He and Snedeker were at 12-under 202, one shot ahead of Chris Kirk (64 at Monterey Peninsula).

Phil Mickelson, last week's winner in the Phoenix Open over Snedeker, tumbled down the rocks and down the leaderboard at Pebble Beach.

The defending champion hit a tee shot on the par-5 18th over the cliff and toward the beach. Mickelson was going down to seek the ball when his right foot gave way and he landed hard on his rear end, bracing himself with his hands. "I got lucky. I didn't get hurt," he said. He hit his next shot into the Pacific Ocean and had to scramble for triple bogey, leaving him 11 shots behind after 73.

Tampa resident Ryuji Imada made the cut at 3 under after 73 at Pebble Beach. Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo was leading the pro-am with partner Jordan Spieth.

CHAMPIONS: Rocco Mediate, trying to become the 16th player to win his debut on the 50-and-over tour, shot a course-record 61 for a three-shot lead over Tom Pernice Jr. (65) at 16-under 128 after two rounds at the Allianz Championship in Boca Raton.

Snedeker tied for Pebble Beach lead 02/09/13 [Last modified: Saturday, February 9, 2013 10:11pm]
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