The final group is now out on the course at Pebble Beach and Brandt Snedeker has taken a one-shot lead over playing partner James Hahn. Snedeker is the favorite on Sunday, playing the best golf in the world and by far the most accomplished player at the top of the leaderboard.
Both Snedeker and Hahn dropped darts right on top of the flagstick at the par-5 second hole, setting up eagle putts inside of ten feet for both. Snedeker's went up and over the top, landing his ball right on the front of the green and stopping it for the shorter eagle putt. Hahn's ball ran up the chute in the front of the green, getting a solid kick left towards the cup. Hahn, however, missed his putt on the low side while Snedeker tapped in his eagle putt to take the lead at 14-under.
Chris Kirk, one of the few players to start the day on the first page with a win to his name, momentarily matched Snedeker and Hahn with a birdie on the par-5 second to get to 12-under. But the leaders approach shots on the gettable hole quickly moved them back in front.
Hunter Mahan, the first round leader, has made the biggest charge so far on the front side. Mahan picked up four shots on his first six holes to move to 10-under. The front nine is particularly vulnerable at Pebble, and he'll need to pick up a few more red numbers before he makes the turn with Snedeker and Hahn looking steady early on. As Snedeker noted before the round, however, anyone within seven shots can make a run on Sunday. Mahan has the talent and track record to pull off that come-from-behind charge.
Phil Mickelson, who made such a Sunday charge last year, is playing out the string on Sunday and is just 2-under through seven holes. Mickelson went off the back side so he will still have ample birdie chances coming in, but he's too far back to make a serious move into contention.
Some of the names atop the leaderboard early, as well as other notables:
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