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February 4 2012

5:31 PM

Levin looks to reverse scoring trend

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Harrison Frazar returned to TPC Scottsdale Saturday morning and bogeyed two of his final three holes so Spencer Levin takes a commanding five-stroke advantage into the third round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

As we learned last week, though, no lead is safe – even in the final round

71323056CM066_RBC_Canadian_ And Levin, who stands at 14 under, will be tested on the weekend as the Californian tries to win his first PGA TOUR event. The challenge will be physical as well as internal as he tries to fend off some of the best players in the world.

That’s because Levin has shown a penchant for going low in the first two rounds this year. Witness that 62 he shot at Torrey Pines North in the first round last week and the 63 he fired on Friday at TPC Scottsdale.

But while his scoring average before the cut of 68.43 ranks 21st on TOUR, it drops off considerably on the weekend. Levin ranks 85th in the third round with an average of 71 and 110th on Sunday at 72.33.

Frazar is Levin’s nearest challenger while TOUR rookie John Huh and Webb Simpson, a two-time winner last year, are tied at 8 under. Kyle Stanley, who was last week’s hard-luck playoff loser, is alone in fifth at 7 under.

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