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February 7 2013

4:51 PM

Mickelson, Sneds continue to play well

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- Defending champion Phil Mickelson, who is bidding for his fifth title at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, has gotten off to a solid start.

He's playing the Shore Course at Monterey Peninsula Country Club and has made three birdies in his first 11 holes. He's four off the lead being held by Seung-yul Noh, who has completed 16 holes at Pebble Beach.

Mickelson, who is seeking consecutive victories after Sunday's win at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, is driving the ball well again -- hitting six of his first eight fairways while also finding eight off 11 greens in regulation.

Mickelson has won back-to-back weeks twice in his career: 2005 (Waste Management-AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am) & 2006 (BellSouth Classic and Masters).

Brandt Snedeker, who has finished second the last two weeks to Tiger Woods and Mickelson, is also at 3 under after playing 10 holes at Monterey Peninsula.

Dustin Johnson, who won at Pebble Beach in 2008 and 2009, is having a difficult time at the Shore Course at Monterey Peninsula on Thursday. He's 4 over through 14 holes on the par-70 layout.

Johnson's highest score ever in this tournament is a 74 -- shot twice, both times in the final round at Pebble Beach.

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