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Ted Potter Jr. hits from the 11th tee of the Monterey Peninsula Country Club Shore Course on Friday. He shares the lead with Brandt Snedeker at 8 under.
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Snedeker contending once again

Runner-up in last 2 events shares Pebble Beach lead

– 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 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. Potter three-putted his final hole at Monterey Peninsula for a 67.

Hunter Mahan was among those one shot behind. With one more round before everyone has played all three courses in the rotation, the leader board was a big traffic jam. Three dozen players were within five shots of the lead.

Snedeker, who was at 8-under 134, felt he was at an advantage because he goes to Pebble Beach for the final two rounds.

And there’s one other edge for his psyche – Tiger Woods isn’t playing, and defending champion Phil Mickelson is six shots behind.

Snedeker has played so well this year that he is leading the FedEx Cup standings without having won. He was runner-up the last two weeks – four shots behind Woods at Torrey Pines, and then four shots behind Mickelson in the Phoenix Open.

“Keep running into guys who are or who are going to be in the Hall of Fame,” Snedeker said at the start of the week.

Mickelson, going after a record-tying fifth win in the event, was easing his way into contention until he made three bogeys in a four-hole stretch along the ocean at Spyglass Hill for a 71.

Snedeker made it look easy at Spyglass. He hit a towering 8-iron on the downhill, par-3 12th hole that plopped 3 feet next to the cup for his first birdie. He added a pair of simple up-and-down birdies on the par 5s and then closed out a solid day with an 8-iron to 5 feet on the eighth hole.

Snedeker sees the upside of his two second-place finishes: At least he’s giving himself a chance.

“That’s how you win out here,” he said. “You keep putting yourself in position, and the more times you do, the more success you’re going to have. ... I’m doing a better job this week of making my way around the golf courses and not putting myself in bad spots and getting out of tough situations very quickly.”

Fredrik Jacobson had the low round of the day, a 66 at Pebble Beach that put him in the group at 7 under with Mahan, John Merrick and Patrick Reed.

CHAMPIONS TOUR: In 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.

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.

EUROPEAN: In Johannesburg, Trevor Fisher Jr. shot a 9-under 62 and Richard Sterne had a 65 to share the lead after the second round of the Joburg Open.

Fisher had an eagle and seven birdies 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 at 15-under 128 at the European Tour event.

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

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