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Snedeker, Jones reach 12-under at AT&T Pebble Beach

Second Round — PGA Tour — AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am — Pebble Beach Golf Links (Host Course) — Pebble  Beach, California — 

Aussie Matt Jones scattered two bogeys while shooting 66 at Monterey Peninsula Country Club and Brandt Snedeker managed a bogey-free 67 round on the same layout.

At the end of round two action, both are tied at 12-under through 36 holes at the PGA Tour’s AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. The tournament features a three-course rotation also using Pebble Beach Golf Links and Spyglass Hill.

Justin Hicks is solo third at 11-under at the moment. Eight players are jammed up at 10-under and T-4 including J.B. Holmes, Alex Prugh and Michael Putnam. All have contended at events lately on the PGA Tour. Holmes, the overnight co-leader, is still completing his second round. He is currently 2-under through 14 holes.

Snedeker, 34, won this championship in 2013 setting the 72-hole tournament record in the process. He is 63rd in the Official World Golf Ranking heading into this week, while Jones, also 34, ranks 81st. Jones captured the Shell Houston Open in April 2014 and entered this week as a 125-to-1 betting long shot at www.ladbrokes.com. Sneds was a 20-1 selection.

Jason Day, the winner last week in a playoff against three others including Holmes at Torrey Pines, bounced back from an opening-round 72 with a 9-under-62 on Friday at Monterey.

The tournament features a Saturday cut after the third round with the low 70 and ties advancing to Sunday’s final round.

Other Golf news:

  • Colin Montogmerie shot 6-under-66 to lead the ACE Group Classic on the Champions Tour. Tommy Amour III is a shot back of the lead, while Lee Janzen and defending Kirk Triplett are T-3 after 4-under rounds in Naples, Florida.
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  • John Daly, who shot 65 in round one on the PGA Tour, slipped back with a 1-over round Friday.
  • Miguel Angel Jimenez (11-under) leads the European Tour’s True Thailand Championship by a shot through 36 holes. 
  • Next Wednesday will be the official announcement for the next European Ryder Cup captain. Darren Clarke is the front-runner, according to most of the chatter.