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January 29 2012

7:33 PM

Leaderboard update: Stanley pads lead

LA JOLLA, Calif. -- The opening drive didn't go as he'd hoped, landing in the right rough.

Not to worry, though, Kyle Stanley muscled his second shot onto the green and calmly drained a 25-footer for birdie. He birdied the second, too, with a 7-foot putt and all of a sudden the Clemson product owns a whopping seven-shot lead.

John Rollins is trying to apply pressure, but he followed his 4-foot birdie at the second with a bogey at No. 3 where he missed the green and couldn't convert a 9-footer for par.

Brandt Snedeker is 1 under through five holes and alone in third, eight strokes back. Suddenly, that 74 Snedeker shot on Saturday is looking even more costly.
 
Six players are tied at 11 under, including Jimmy Walker, Hunter Mahan, Scott Piercy, Sang-moon Bae, Cameron Tringale and John Huh. Walker and Mahan, who are playing together, are making the most positive moves at 3 under through eight holes.

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