Marino's lead trimmed to one at Pebble Beach

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PEBBLE BEACH - Steve Marino managed only a one-over 71 in Saturday's third round of the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, but maintained a one-shot lead over two players.

Marino, who has held at least a share of the lead after each day of the tournament, had an eagle, two birdies and five bogeys at Monterey Peninsula Shore Course for a 12-under 202 after 54 holes.

He came into the day with a four-shot lead, but was unable to keep the same distance heading into Sunday. Marino said he was lucky to be in such a position.

"I was in a good position where I could throw away a few shots and still have something to play with," Marino said. "Tomorrow, it might be a different story."

Play rotated over three courses -- Pebble Beach Golf Links, Spyglass Hill Golf Course and Monterey -- for the first three rounds, while Pebble Beach hosts Sunday's final round.

This is the first time in Marino's professional career that he's held sole possession of the lead after three rounds of a tournament. It's the third time he's had at least a share, with the last time coming at The Barclays in 2009.

He finished tied for 15th in that event after a final-round 77.

Jimmy Walker and Bryce Molder are both one shot behind Marino at 11-under 203.

Walker shot a seven-under 63 at Monterey, while Molder recorded a four-under 68 at Spyglass. Walker, who also hasn't won on tour, said he'll draw on some previous experience to help him on Sunday.

"I've won on the Nationwide Tour, and you can draw on that," Walker said. "I think it'll be fun. There's a lot of guys at the top who haven't won, so somebody's going to do it."

Molder is also winless on the PGA Tour since turning pro in 2002.

D.A. Points, who entered the day in second, sits alone in fourth at 10-under par after struggling to a one-under 71 at Pebble Beach.

Marino needed every shot of the cushion he built in the first two rounds; he never got going from the very beginning.

After an opening par on the par-five 10th, he bogeyed both the 11th and 12th. By the time he parred the 13th hole, Points had caught up at 12-under with birdies at the first two holes.

Marino regained the lead when Points bogeyed the fourth, and Marino birdied the 15th to take a two-shot advantage.

That gap was quickly erased, however, when Points rolled in a 12-foot eagle putt at the sixth to draw even again at 12-under.

Points' undoing was on the ninth, where he hit the ball out of bounds and ended up with a double bogey. That's when Molder began to creep up the leaderboard.

Marino birdied the second to take a two-shot lead, but bogeyed the fifth, which allowed Molder to get all square with consecutive birdies at the fourth and fifth.

"Unfortunately, in golf, you can't play defense on any of the (other) golfers," Molder said. "I'm just going to do what I can do."

The tie was short-lived, though, as Marino eagled the par-five sixth to move two clear of Molder, who bogeyed the eighth to finish at 11-under. Marino, who was 14-under after the eagle, bogeyed the seventh and ninth to finish his mediocre round with the one-shot lead.

"I felt like I've had the game to win out here for a while," Marino said. "It just hasn't happened. I won't say that I'm due, but I feel like I'm good enough to win on this tour."

Walker had the most consistent day with seven birdies and no bogeys, but never grabbed a share of the lead.

NOTES: Two-time defending champion Dustin Johnson made the Saturday cut on the number at two-under par 212 ... Phil Mickelson shot a three-under 69 at Pebble Beach and is tied for 11th at seven-under 207 ... Jeff Maggert posted the best round of the day, an eight-under 62 at Monterey to make the cut at three-under par 211 ... Molder and his amateur partner continue to lead the pro-am at 29- under par 185, one shot better than Points and actor Bill Murray.


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