Brandt Snedeker and James Hahn Share Lead at Pebble Beach

Fred AltvaterContributor IIFebruary 9, 2013

Brandt Snedeker is looking for his first win and fourth Top 10 in 2013.
Brandt Snedeker is looking for his first win and fourth Top 10 in 2013.Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Brandt Snedeker fired a third-round 68 to get to 12-under par and is tied for the lead with rookie James Hahn heading into Sunday's final round at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

Snedeker has finished runner-up the past two weeks on the PGA Tour. He finished second to Tiger Woods at Torrey Pines, and Phil Mickelson bested him at the Waste Management Phoenix Open last week.

Snedeker also was third in the first event of 2013, the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.

He leads the 2013 FedEx Cup standings and has already earned $1.7 million. He has moved to No. 6 on the Official World Golf Rankings, and Tiger Woods is the only American player ranked above Snedeker.

He is continuing his strong play from the FedEx Playoffs last year when he was second at the Barclays, sixth at Deutsche Bank and T-37 at BMW. He also won the Tour Championship along with the FedEx Cup and the $10 million that goes with it.

James Hahn fired a third-round 66 at Spyglass Hill to tie Snedeker for the lead. Hahn has become a YouTube sensation with his Gangnam Style video following a birdie putt on the 16th green at TPC Scottsdale last week in the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

Hahn is a 31-year-old rookie from South Korea and played college golf at the University of California.

He earned his PGA Tour card via the Tour. With a fourth-place finish at the Humana and a T-15 at Phoenix, he has earned $352,000 this year and is No. 26 in the FedEx Cup standings. A high finish this week would lock up his card for next year and put him in great position for the playoffs.

2012 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am winner Phil Mickelson pumped two balls into the Pacific Ocean on No. 18 for a quadruple-bogey nine, posted a 73 and fell 16 places to T-55. He just made the cut at one-under par.

With a win on Sunday, Snedeker would take a commanding lead in the FedEx Cup standings and has become one of the most dominating players in golf today.

Is a green jacket in his near future?