Brandt Snedeker is nothing if not consistent—and brilliant.
The No. 6 player in the world posted his second consecutive round of 68 on Day 3 at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am to tie for the lead at 12-under par with James Hahn.
Although he settled for seven consecutive pars to close out the round, Snedeker did plenty of damage at Pebble Beach. After an even-par start through five holes, his putter heated up to the tune of four consecutive birdies to close out the front nine.
In a 2013 season that has already seen Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson win tournaments, Snedeker finished runner-up in each of those events. In that context—and due to Snedeker sharing the 54-hole advantage—Shane Bacon of Yahoo! offered his perspective:
Who would have guessed that the next guy to dominate the PGA Tour would be Brandt Snedeker?— Shane Bacon (@shanebacon) February 9, 2013
After his solid showing on the course was finished, it was clear that Snedeker's work was just getting started (h/t @PGATOUR):
What does leader Brandt Snedeker plan to do for the rest of his afternoon? "I'm going to go putt." #attproam— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) February 9, 2013
As for Tour rookie Hahn, he electrified the crowd at the Phoenix Open last week by doing the "Gangnam Style" dance. Sports Illustrated's Stephanie Wei noted that Hahn didn't do the boogie this time around but captured the hot stretch that allowed him to soar to the top of the leaderboard:
James Hahn makes his 3rd straight birdie to close out round at Spyglass & tie Sneds for lead at -12. No, he didn't celebrate gangnam style.— Stephanie Wei (@StephanieWei) February 9, 2013
Spyglass Hill is considered the toughest of the three courses the players grace at this event, and the fact that Hahn was able to go bogey free and close out his Saturday in that fashion is remarkable.
Hahn's tidy round of six-under 66 featured just 25 putts and 12 out of 18 greens in regulation.
Chris Kirk is just one shot behind at 11 under after firing a six-under par round of 64 on the Monterey Peninsula course. Former Augusta State standout and two-time NCAA champion Patrick Reed birdied his last two holes on the same course to shoot 67, finishing at 10 under overall.
Check out some of the best highlights of the day, courtesy of PGATOUR.com.
Here is the fourth and final birdie of Snedeker's aforementioned midround binge, which occurred on Pebble Beach's visually stunning par-four ninth hole.
There haven't been many highlights for last week's winner and defending champion Phil Mickelson, but this tee shot to the par-three 17th was fantastic. Unfortunately, Lefty took a triple-bogey at the final hole and is just one under through three days.
Before getting to the celebrity special highlight, check out this CBS Sports tweet, which links to a GIF of Mickelson's adventure at No. 18. It captures him taking a nasty spill on the rocks and is a rather appropriate summary for his week.
San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh is not showing any ill effects on the golf course despite his team's loss in Super Bowl XLVII. Watch as he pours in this right-to-left putt for birdie at the par-five 14th hole. Head over to PGATOUR.com to see the pro-am leaderboard.
Below are the players most prominently in the hunt heading into Sunday. The complete leaderboard is available at PGA.com.
Round 3 Leaderboard
|T1||James Hahn ||71-65-66||-12|
|3||Chris Kirk ||71-68-64||-11|
|4||Patrick Reed ||68-69-67||-10|
|5||Richard H. Lee ||68-71-66||-9|
|T6||Retief Goosen ||71-68-67||-8|
|T6||Robert Garrigus ||71-69-66||-8|
|T6||Jason Day ||68-68-70||-8|
|T6||James Driscoll ||72-67-67 ||-8|
|T6||Jimmy Walker ||68-71-67 ||-8|