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Friday's roundup: Hicks trails by one at Pebble Beach

Doug Ferguson
Associated Press
Justin Hicks follows his drive from the 13th tee of the Monterey Peninsula Country Club Shore Course during the second round.

Pebble Beach, Calif. — Enjoying the best weather Pebble Beach has to offer is one thing. Brandt Snedeker knew he had to take advantage of it with his golf clubs, too.

Snedeker played bogey-free at Spyglass in abundant sunshine and warmth Friday for a 5-under 67 to share the 36-hole lead with Matt Jones in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Jones had a 66 at Spyglass Hill.

They were at 12-under 131, one shot ahead of Grosse Ile's Justin Hicks, who had a 68 at Monterey Peninsula.

John Daly, who started the second round one shot behind and briefly was tied for the lead when he birdied his opening hole at Monterey Peninsula, didn't make a birdie over his last 11 holes and shot a 72. He dropped into a tie for 37th and will have to play well today at Spyglass to avoid missing the cut for the 11th straight time at this event.

Scoring has been low, which was to be expected with barely any breeze and enough sunshine to make the ball go farther through a combination of warm air and firmer than usual fairways. The top 60 players and ties make the cut, and 60th place was at 4-under.

Snedeker and Jones now head to Pebble Beach, along with the celebrity rotation.

The outlook of the professionals was different.

"If the greens firm up, Pebble is going to play the hardest because they're such small greens," Jones said, who won the Shell Houston Open last year for his first PGA Tour title. "If you're not hitting your irons well enough, you're going to struggle out there."

Snedeker, who won at Pebble Beach two years ago, always felt that was the key to getting into contention and to winning.

"The years I'm playing good, it seems like it comes down to how you play Pebble for me the last two days. When the weather is good, you need to be able to get after it and shoot a low round," he said. "And the way the scores are right now and the weather forecast it's going to take … somewhere around 20-under par to win this golf tournament. So I've got to look at 7- to 10-under par the next couple days to win."

Brian Stuard (Oakland University) is tied for 26th at 7-under.

Allenby update

A police detective investigating Robert Allenby's ordeal in Hawaii said three people seen leaving a wine restaurant with him are not believed to be connected to the case and that the Australian golfer did not go to a strip club that night.

Det. John McCarthy of the Honolulu Police Department said in a telephone interview Thursday night that evidence shows Allenby was not in the Club Femme Nu in the early morning of Jan. 17 when his wallet, credit cards, cash and phone were taken.

"There is no evidence he was ever in that strip club," McCarthy said. "Our investigation shows he was not at Club Femme Nu."

Still to be determined is what happened to Allenby after leaving Amuse Wine Bar on the night after he missed the cut in the Sony Open.

The saga generated interested when Allenby took a photo of his scraped and bloodied face and posted it to his Facebook page after he got back to his hotel.

Allenby initially said he was beaten, robbed and thrown from the trunk of a car.

He later said he was told that by a homeless woman who helped him escape from a park.

Champions Tour

Colin Montgomerie warmed up with his putter on the back nine and had five birdies in an eight-hole stretch, shooting a 6-under 66 to take a one-shot lead in the Champion Tour's ACE Group Classic.

Montgomerie holds a one-shot lead over Tommy Armour III who's at 5-under 67.

LPGA Tour

Rebecca Artis shot a 7-under 66 to take a three-stroke lead over Charley Hull and Choi Eun-woo after two rounds of the Australian Ladies Masters.

Artis, a winner on the Ladies European Tour in 2013, had a two-round total of 9-under 137 on the Royal Pines resort course.