Steve Marino is too busy soaking in the atmosphere at the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am to get worked up over his four-shot lead going into the weekend.
Marino made only one mistake, on the par-5 14th at Pebble Beach Golf Links, for his only bogey of the tournament. He followed with three birdies over the last four holes for a 7-under 66 and a comfortable lead.
“This tournament is kind of strange,” said Marino, who was at 13-under 141 after Friday. “You play a different course every day. You’re playing with amateur partners. It’s a little more low key and laid back.”
Marino has the low round of the tournament on both courses he’s played, having also played Spyglass Hill.
D.A. Points, with Bill Murray as his amateur partner, struggled from the start at Spyglass Hill and was slipping down the leaderboard until running off four birdies in a five-hole stretch near the turn. He salvaged a 70 and was four shots behind at 9-under par.
Next in line was Keegan Bradley, the nephew of LPGA Hall of Famer Pat Bradley, who followed him along Spyglass as the rookie shot a 69 to finish at 8-under par
The group at 7-under included Padraig Harrington, Hunter Mahan, Nick Watney and Sam Saunders.
TIGER SURGES WITH 66
Tiger Woods shot the day’s best score with a bogey-free 6-under 66 to surge into contention at the Dubai Desert Classic in the United Arab Emirates.
The round put him four strokes behind leader Rory McIlroy, who shot 68 for 11-under 133 total. Woods was at 7-under 137 and in a five-way tie for fifth.
Jay Don Blake opened with an 8-under 64 at the Allianz Championship in Boca Raton, Fla., to take a one-stroke lead over Tom Lehman after the first round of the over-50 circuit’s first full-field event. Lehman missed a birdie putt on 18. ... American Stacey Lewis and Australian Kristie Smith each shot 7-under-par 65 to share the second-round lead at the Australian Ladies Masters in Gold Coast, at 12-under 132.