Sizzling Snedeker in tie for Pebble Beach lead

Fri Feb 8, 2013 10:19pm EST
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(Reuters) - FedExCup champion Brandt Snedeker, the hottest player on the PGA Tour this year, took advantage of ideal scoring conditions by charging into a share of the second-round lead at the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am on Friday.

The fast-talking American fired a flawless four-under-par 68 on a glorious sun-splashed afternoon at Spyglass Hill, one of three venues for this week's pro-am celebrity event, to post an eight-under total of 134.

Snedeker, who has recorded three top-three finishes in his first four starts on the 2013 PGA Tour, collected two birdies on each nine to end the day level with compatriot Ted Potter Jr., who carded a three-under 67 at Monterey Peninsula Country Club.

"I didn't make a lot of putts today but I look forward to going into the weekend," Snedeker, 32, told reporters after sinking nothing longer than a five-footer for his four birdies on the toughest of the three courses being used this week.

"My confidence is very high and, after last week, I feel like my game is where I want it to be. Two good days to go, it should be a lot of fun."

Snedeker, a four-times winner on the PGA Tour, has finished second in his last two events - four shots behind Tiger Woods at the Farmers Insurance Open and then four behind Phil Mickelson at last week's Phoenix Open.

"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," said Snedeker, who is widely regarded as one of the best putters in the game.

"I take nothing but positives away from the way I've played the weekend the last couple of events. I know I'll have a lot of fun this weekend, so just try to recreate that."

CHARGING SWEDE   Continued...

Golfer Brandt Snedeker watches his drive off the 10th tee of the south course at Torrey Pines during first round play at the Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego, California January 24, 2013. REUTERS/Mike Blake