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February 9 2013

1:47 PM

Snedeker opens three-shot advantage

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- Brandt Snedeker, the runner-up each of the last two weeks on the PGA TOUR, has taken sole possession of the lead at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am on Saturday.

Snedeker reeled off four straight birdies to get to 12 under, three strokes clear of rookie Patrick Reed and four ahead of James Hahn and Fredrik Jacobson. Snedeker is playing at Pebble Beach.

The reigning FedExCup champion and current points leader two-putted from 32 feet at the par-5 sixth hole for the first birdie of the streak, which came in response to his first bogey in 24 holes. He then added a 10-footer at No. 7, a 5-footer at the eighth and a 4-footer at No. 9 to make the turn in 32.

Defending champion Phil Mickelson is also playing at Pebble Beach, where he closed with a 64 a year ago to make up a six-stroke deficit. He hasn't gotten untracked on Saturday, though, making bogey on the first hole and adding a pair of birdies to turn in 35.

Mickelson is 3 under for the tournament.

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