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Golf: Snedeker in contention for 3rd straight week

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Ted Potter Jr. hits from the 11th tee of the Monterey Peninsula Country Club Shore Course during the second round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am on Friday in Pebble Beach, Calif. Potter and Brandt Snedeker are tied at 8-under.

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – Brandt Snedeker goes into the weekend at Pebble Beach with another chance to win, this time without golf’s biggest stars in his way.

Snedeker played bogey-free at tough Spyglass Hill on Friday for a 4-under 68, giving him a share of the lead with Ted Potter Jr. in the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Potter three-putted his final hole at Monterey Peninsula for a 67.

Snedeker, who was at 8-under 134, felt he was at an advantage because he goes to Pebble Beach for the final two rounds. He has played so well this year that he is leading the FedEx Cup standings without having won. He was runner-up the last 2 weeks.

Snedeker sees the upside of his two second-place finishes: At least he’s giving himself a chance.

“That’s how you win out here,” he said. “You keep putting yourself in position, and the more times you do, the more success you’re going to have. ... I’m doing a better job this week of not putting myself in bad spots and getting out of tough situations very quickly.”

His goal for the last 2 days?

“Not do anything stupid,” he said. “Unfortunately, I don’t do it very often.”

Potter is a mystery. He won last year in his rookie season at The Greenbrier Classic to claim a footnote in history – the only player to win a Tour event in which Tiger Woods and Mickelson missed the cut.

Still, his performance has been spotty. Potter missed nine out of the 12 cuts going into The Greenbrier, and then missed four out of nine cuts after his win.

“It’s just a funny game like that,” Potter said. “Some weeks you play really well and you get the right kicks and everything goes well. And then there are weeks you can still hit the ball well and get the bad kicks.”

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