Brandt Snedeker continued his sensational recent form by firing a bogey-free 68 on Day 2 of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. He shares the lead at eight-under par with Ted Potter, Jr.
Check out this insight from Golf Channel's Jason Sobel, which showcases just how good Snedeker has been to kick off the new year.
How’s this for company: Brandt Snedeker has earned most OWGR points in 2013. Phil and Tiger are 3-4. Sandwiched between? Jamie Donaldson.— Jason Sobel (@JasonSobelGC) February 8, 2013
Unfortunately, PGA Tour Media broke distressing news just after Snedeker's round, as a potential rib injury threatens to stifle the defending FedEx Cup champion:
Co-leader Brandt Snedeker to have ribs worked on after @attproam today. No word if same area that caused him to miss U.S. Open last year.— PGA TOUR Media (@PGATOURmedia) February 8, 2013
Due to the unique nature of the tournament, which features a slew of high-profile celebrities, play is stretched across three different, beautiful California courses—Pebble Beach, Spyglass Hill and the Monterrey Peninsula Golf Club.
Potter has yet to play the most difficult track at Spyglass, which is where Snedeker was on Friday.
But the results for Potter have to be encouraging nevertheless. He opened the day in Monterrey with a bang, carding an eagle on the par-five 10th hole.
A true journeyman, Potter broke through by winning the Greenbrier Classic last year. However, the game has not been as kind to him recently, as the PGA Tour's official Twitter page noted when he briefly snagged the outright lead.
2 birdies by Ted Potter, Jr. gives the 2nd year player the outright lead (-9) @attproam. Looking for first Top-10 since win at Greenbrier.— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) February 8, 2013
Potter exploded for four birdies in seven holes to open up the back nine before bogeying No. 9 to finish at three under for the afternoon.
Fredrik Jacobson had an extremely impressive round on Friday with a six-under 66 at Pebble Beach to put himself just one shot off the pace.
First-round joint leader Hunter Mahan putted poorly for the most part, yet he birdied his final two holes at Monterrey to scrape out a one-under-par round of 69. That matched Jacobson's two-day total, and also at seven under are Americans John Merrick and Patrick Reed.
Not to be counted out is precocious 20-year-old Patrick Cantlay, who is looking to make his mark in his first full PGA Tour season. The former UCLA standout and low amateur at the 2011 U.S. Open and 2012 Masters held his own at Spyglass, staying in the mix at six under after a one-under 70.
Defending champion and last week's winner Phil Mickelson couldn't get much going on Friday, settling for his second consecutive round of one-under par.
Below are some of the best highlights from Friday's action, courtesy of PGATOUR.com.
Cantlay hits a nifty chip shot from a difficult spot on the par-five seventh hole after a wayward approach. Wisely leaving it below the hole, he slips in the birdie putt thereafter.
A stupendous ball-striking day for Mahan was defined by this beautiful approach to the par-four 15th at Monterrey, which he converted for his first birdie of the day.
For a little bit of celebrity action, check out ESPN's Chris Berman as he smacks his tee shot on Pebble Beach's par-four 15th hole right down the middle. PGATOUR.com also has the pro-am leaderboard.
Here are the tournament's top performers through the first two rounds. Bear in mind that stroke totals vary slightly, based on the courses each competitor has played.
For complete scores, head over to PGA.com.
Round 2 Leaderboard
|T1||Ted Potter, Jr. ||67-67||-8|
Fredrik Jacobson ||71-66||-7|
|T3||Patrick Reed ||66-70||-7|
|T3||Hunter Mahan ||66-69||-7|
|T7||Patrick Cantlay ||66-70||-6|
|T7||Jason Day ||68-68||-6|
|T7||James Hahn ||71-65 ||-6|
|T7||Nick O'Hern ||70-66 ||-6|