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February 9 2013

4:44 PM

Snedeker posts 12 under after 68

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- Brandt Snedeker has just posted his ninth straight round in the 60s to open a three-stroke lead at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

Snedeker is 12 under after shooting a 68 on the famous host course. It was his 17th sub-par round in 18 attempts this season and moved him to a cumulative 75 under for the year.

"I'll take another one just like it," Snedeker said. "I played really solid tee to green. Didn't make the putts I needed to make to go low, but all in all, it was a good day."

Snedeker has finished second at the last two PGA TOUR events and also was third in the season opener. Small wonder then that Snedeker sits atop the FedExCup standings after winning the $10 million bonus last year.

"Hopefully it's prepared me to handle tomorrow really well," Snedeker said when asked about his hot streak. "... There's going to be a lot of great players around me, have a chance. Pebble can yield a low score if you're playing well.  So no lead is safe around here, especially with the closing holes. So need to go out and play a really solid round of golf tomorrow."

Richard Lee, who tied for fourth at q-school to get his PGA TOUR card back, is finished at 9 under after shooting a 66 at Pebble Beach. He's tied with James Hahn, Patrick Reed, Chris Kirk and Patrick Cantlay.

Hahn is through 15 holes at Spyglass Hills while Reed has played 13 at Monterey Peninsula and Kirk is through 10 on the same course. Cantlay, the UCLA product who is making the most of his sponsor's exemption, is 2 under through 13 holes at Pebble Beach.

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