Marino leads by four at Pebble Beach

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PEBBLE BEACH - Steve Marino followed up his excellent opening round with a six-under 66 on Friday to take the lead after two rounds of the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

Marino, who has never won on the PGA Tour since turning professional in 2002, is four shots clear of the field at 13-under 131 following Friday's round at Pebble Beach Golf Links.

"I've hit the ball great, and my short game has been really great," Marino said. "Really hasn't been a weakness to my game over the last two days. Just really capitalized on most of my opportunities."

Play rotates over three courses -- Pebble Beach Golf Links, Spyglass Hill Golf Course and Monterey Peninsula Shore Course -- for the first three rounds. The pros tee it up with celebrities and Pebble Beach hosts the final round.

Marino, who last led after two rounds of a tournament at the 2009 British Open, had seven birdies and a bogey on the par-72 course. Spyglass is also a par-72, while Monterey is a par-70, and Marino will shoot at Monterey on Saturday.

"[The 2009 British Open] gave me a lot of confidence knowing I could compete and lead in a major championship," Marino said. "I only think you can take positives from a situation like that."

D.A. Points, who shared the first-round lead with Marino, shot a two-under 70 at Spyglass and is alone in second at nine-under 133. Points, who had six birdies and four bogeys, plays at Pebble Beach for his third round.

Keegan Bradley is in third at eight-under 134 following his three-under 69 at Spyglass.

"I got off to a pretty fast start," Bradley said. "I feel like I belong out here. It's fun to look around and see the boys I've been watching on TV forever."

Phil Mickelson shot a five-under 67 at Spyglass to give him a four-under 138 for the championship. Two-time defending champion Dustin Johnson struggled to a 71 at Spyglass and is even-par for the tournament, likely out of contention for a third straight title.

Marino's round started off well with a birdie at the first before he posted four straight pars. He birdied both the sixth and the seventh to make the turn at 10-under par.

He parred five straight from the eighth before a birdie at the 13th. He bogeyed the 14th, but caught fire with three birdies in the final four holes. He birdied Nos. 15 and 16 -- both par-fours -- and the par-five 18th to build a substantial lead over Points and Bradley.

"Come Saturday night, if I'm in the same position I am right now, it's definitely going to feel different," Marino said, "because we got everybody on Pebble Beach and we got one round left."

Points had a bad start to his round at Spyglass, costing him an opportunity to keep pace with Marino. He began on the back nine and bogeyed the 10th, 13th and 14th while recording a birdie on No. 11.

He made up for his poor beginning with four birdies in five holes from the 17th. He parred the 18th to make the turn at six-under, but birdies at Nos. 1, 2 and 3 put him back in contention.

"I didn't hit that bad," Points said. "I just got off to a bad start. Spyglass is tough. The back nine, the three holes that I just have played over and over and cannot figure out -- actually 16 I'm getting better at -- but 10 and 13."

He birdied the seventh, but immediately bogeyed the eighth before parring the last.

Padraig Harrington leads a group of 10 players in fourth at minus-seven. Among that group is Arnold Palmer's grandson, Sam Saunders, who posted a five-under 67 at Pebble Beach.

NOTES: Marino finished in a tie for 38th at the 2009 British Open. After his first two rounds went for 67 and 68, he finished with a 76 in the third round and a 75 on the final round ... This is Marino's second career lead after two rounds of play ... Bryce Molder and his amateur partner lead the pro am at 20- under par 122.


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