Snedeker in contention for 3rd straight week

  • Posted: Saturday, February 9, 2013 12:19 a.m.
    UPDATED: Saturday, February 9, 2013 12:20 a.m.
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Ryuji Imada, of Japan, hits off the fourth tee on the Spyglass Hill Golf Course during the second round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.
AP photo Ryuji Imada, of Japan, hits off the fourth tee on the Spyglass Hill Golf Course during the second round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — Brandt Snedeker is headed 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 on Friday for a 4-under 68, giving him a share of the lead with Ted Potter Jr. in the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Hunter Mahan was among those one shot behind. With one more round before everyone has played all three courses, the leaderboard was a big traffic jam.

Snedeker has been runner-up the last two weeks – four shots behind Tiger Woods at Torrey Pines, four shots behind Phil Mickelson in Phoenix. Woods is not playing this week, while Mickelson stumbled down the stretch at Spyglass Hill for a 71 and was six shots off the lead.

Langer, Pernice tied for Champions lead

BOCA RATON, Fla. — Bernhard Langer and Tom Pernice Jr. each shot 6-under 66 to tie for the first-round lead at the Allianz Championship on Friday.

Langer, who holed out a bunker shot to win here in a playoff in 2010, birdied three of the last four holes at Broken Sound.

Pernice was even through eight holes, but played the next six holes in six-under, including an eagle at No. 5 when he holed a pitching wedge from 128 yards, to charge into contention.

Defending champion Corey Pavin, Roger Chapman, Fred Funk, Scott Simpson and two players making their Champions Tour debuts – Rocco Mediate and Bart Bryant – were a shot back after 67s.

Fisher Jr., Sterne lead in Johannesburg

JOHANNESBURG — Trevor Fisher Jr. shot a 9-under 62 and Richard Sterne had a 65 Friday to share the lead after the second round of the Joburg Open.

Fisher had an eagle and seven birdies, including a run of three straight in his back nine on the West Course at Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club.

Sterne went bogey-free for the second consecutive round on the East Course.

The South Africans were 15 under at the European Tour event.

“My last three or four years have been good on the (South African) Sunshine Tour. But I need to get to the next level now,” Fisher said. “It’s been good for me in terms of the steppingstones I’ve taken in the last 10 years. But I’ve stepped on a lot of stones. I need to get to the top now.”

George Coetzee (64) was three shots back and two-time winner Charl Schwartzel (65) trailed the leaders by five strokes.

Defending champion Branden Grace, No. 10 on the European money list, missed the cut after rounds of 72 and 70 for a 1-under total.

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