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April 13 2013

6:45 PM

Snedeker fires 69, shares lead

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Brandt Snedeker broke par for the third straight day to get in position for what could be his first major championship.

The reigning FedExCup champion fired a bogey-free 69 on Saturday to move to the top of the Masters leaderboard at 7 under. Snedeker, who tied for third at Augusta National in 2008, parred his first 12 holes but birdied both par 5s on the back nine and then added virtual tap-in birdie at the par-3 16th to cap things off.

Snedeker won the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am earlier in the year, which ended a stellar run that saw him finish as the runner-up the previous two weeks and place third in the season-opening Hyundai Tournament of Champions.

He was sidelined by a rib injury after that win on the Monterey Peninsula, though. Snedeker returned to competition at the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard only to miss the cut in his two starts prior to the Masters.

Snedeker is the only player who can overtake Tiger Woods as the FedExCup leader with a win on Sunday. He is ranked a career-high fifth in the world, as well.

 

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