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February 3 2013

2:33 PM

Snedeker closes gap to four

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- For the second time on Sunday, Brandt Snedeker has cut Phil Mickelson's lead to four strokes.

The first came after Mickelson was unable to get up-and-down from the greenside bunker at the second hole -- only his second above-par hole this week. Snedeker made a 13-footer from the fringe on the third hole to get to 19 under but Mickelson answered that challenge when he drained a 30-footer for birdie at No. 4 to return to where he started the round at 24 under.

Snedeker, though, has now moved to 20 under when he holed a 33-foot chip from the fringe at the sixth hole. Mickelson missed from 27 feet there and had to make a 5-footer for par to avoid his first three-putt in 82 holes.

Snedeker, who is the reigning FedExCup champ, has come-from-behind to win three of his four PGA TOUR events. He's made up deficits of seven, six and five strokes in those wins.

Ryan Moore and Padraig Harrington, meanwhile, had made two birdies and are 18 under.

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