By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
PEBBLE BEACH Calif. -- Brandt Snedeker has done just about everything right this year. Everything except win, that is.
And the way Snedeker is playing at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, this just might be the week he gets over that hump after runner-up finishes each of the last two tournaments.
Snedeker, who won the FedExCup last year and currently leads the standings again, fired a bogey-free 68 at Spyglass Hills that pulled him into a tie for the lead at 8 under with Ted Potter, Jr. The Vandy grad made a trio of 3-footers for birdies on Friday and added another from 5 feet.
"I didn't make a lot of putts today but look forward to going into the weekend, confidence is very high, and after last week, feel like my game is where I want it to be and two good days to go, should be a lot of fun," Snedeker said.
The men who have beaten Snedeker the last two weeks are a current and future World Golf Hall of Famer in Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, playing at their absolute best. Snedeker certainly hasn't laid down, either -- shooting a pair of 69s in the final two rounds at the Farmers Insurance Open and consecutive 65s last week at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.
"I take nothing but positives away from the way I've played the weekend the last couple events," Snedeker said. "I know I'll have a lot of fun this weekend, so just try to recreate that. That's how you win out here; you keep putting yourself in position, and the more times you do, that the more success you're going to have."
Friday's round of 4 under on what is traditionally the toughest course in the rotation was Snedeker's 16th under par in 17 attempts this season. He's a cumulative 71 under for the year.
Snedeker is headed for Pebble Beach on Saturday and barring a catastrophe that would have him miss the 54-hole cut, the affable 32-year-old will be playing there in Sunday's finale, as well. He thinks seeing the course two days in a row is a plus for those like him in the celebrity rotation.
"The greens, we'll know how they are bouncing," Snedeker said. "Every day it's been different, because Monterey Peninsula, you play it early in the week and it was different yesterday than I remember playing it; Spyglass I played earlier in the week and it was super firm and today it was softer.
"So I think playing Pebble back to back days is definitely an advantage."
Snedeker also thinks he's done a good job on staying focused and conserving energy -- mentally and physically -- after contending each of the last two weeks.
"I realize I'm playing really well and not try to do anything too stupid this week and not wear myself out early in the week, and be patient and keep doing the small stuff I did last week really well," Snedeker said. "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.
"It's been real promising this week the way I've taken that momentum from last week into this one.