Dudley Hart has gone more than 10 years since he was atop the leaderboard going into the final round and nearly eight years since his last PGA Tour victory. Now he gets to go head-to-head with Vijay Singh, a past champion at Pebble Beach and formerly No. 1 in the world.
Considering the fears Hart faced last year at home, don't expect that to rattle him in the least.
Hart skipped the final six months of last season when doctors discovered a softball-sized tumor in his wife's lung, and he invariably feared the worst while tending to their preschool triplets.
Suzanne Hart is recovering beautifully, and her husband isn't doing too badly at the moment, either.
Hart, who hasn't been in serious contention in nearly four years, finally got the best of Spyglass Hill on Saturday with a bogey-free round of 4-under 68, giving him a share of the lead with Singh at the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.
"It opens your eyes to what's truly important sometimes," Hart said.
Singh made eagle on the par-5 11th at Spyglass on his way to 67 to join Hart at 9-under 207, the highest score to lead after 54 holes at Pebble Beach since 1990.
They were two shots ahead of PGA Tour rookie Dustin Johnson and Michael Allen.
Defending champion Phil Mickelson lost all hope of being the first repeat winner at Pebble since Mark O'Meara in 1989-90 when he took 11 on the par-5 14th and went from trying to stay in contention to missing the cut. He finished with 78.
"It's not fun when it goes this way," Mickelson said.
Hart hadn't had at least a share of the lead since the 1996 Canadian Open, which he went on to win for the first of his two victories. And he is still trying to get back into a rhythm of tour life after a summer of uncertainty involving Suzanne, who had two-thirds of her right lung removed but is getting back to normal.
"It definitely scared me," Hart said. "I kept looking at those kids and I can't imagine ... God forbid, when they get that tumor out, it comes back bad and they don't have their mom around. That fortunately wasn't the issue. You have a lot of positive and negative thoughts, but the negative ones really scare you."
Champions: Jerry Pate moved into position for his second straight victory, shooting 5-under 67 to take a one-stroke lead over Scott Hoch in the Allianz Championship in Boca Raton. Pate, the Turtle Bay Championship winner two weeks ago in Hawaii, had an 11-under 133 total on The Old Course at Broken Sound. He eagled the par-4 13th, holing a sand wedge from 95 yards. The ball landed about a foot past the cup, jumped another 2 or 3 feet and spun back into the hole. Hoch shot 67, birdieing four of the first seven holes. John Cook (66), Bruce Lietzke (65), Mark McNulty (69) and Bobby Wadkins (68) were two shots back at 9 under.
Australian Ladies: Six-time champion Karrie Webb made a 16-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to grab a share of the lead. Webb's 5-under 67 gave her a two-round total of 136 in the rain-shortened 54-hole tournament at Royal Pines in Gold Coast. Two regulars on the Japanese tour - Australian Tamie Durdin and South Korean Shin Hyun-ju - were tied with Webb, Durdin after 67 and Shin with 68.