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With path clearer, Snedeker shares lead

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — Brandt Snedeker goes into the weekend at Pebble Beach with another chance to win, this time without golf's biggest stars in his way.

Snedeker played bogey-free at tough Spyglass Hill for 4-under 68 Friday, giving him a share of the lead with Ted Potter in the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Potter three-putted his final hole at Monterey Peninsula for 67.

Hunter Mahan was among a group of four one shot behind with one more round before everyone has played all three courses in the rotation.

Snedeker, at 8-under 134, believed he was at an advantage because he plays Pebble Beach for the final two rounds. Also, Tiger Woods isn't playing, and defending champion Phil Mickelson was six shots behind. Snedeker was runnerup the past two weeks, four shots behind Woods at the Farmers Insurance Open, then four shots behind Mickelson in the Phoenix Open.

"(I) keep running into guys who are or who are going to be in the Hall of Fame," Snedeker said this week.

Potter won the Greenbrier Classic last year as a rookie for a peculiar footnote in history. He is the only player to win a PGA Tour event in which Woods and Mickelson missed the cut. But Potter had missed nine out of the 12 cuts going into the Greenbrier, then missed four of nine after his win.

"It's just a funny game like that," Potter said. "Some weeks you play really well and you get the right kicks and everything goes well. And then there are weeks you can still hit the ball well and get the bad kicks."

Tampa resident Ryuji Imada was 4 under after shooting 73 at Spyglass Hill.

49ers coach Jim Harbaugh led the pro-am. He is playing with Jason Day, whose late string of birdies gave him 68 at Spyglass Hill for a 136 total.

CHAMPIONS: Bernhard Langer and Tom Pernice Jr. shot 6-under 66 to tie for the first-round lead at the Allianz Championship in Boca Raton. Langer birdied three of the last four holes.

With path clearer, Snedeker shares lead 02/08/13 [Last modified: Friday, February 8, 2013 9:37pm]

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