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Home is where the Hart is

By DOUG FERGUSON
Associated Press

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — Dudley Hart has gone more than 10 years since he was atop the leaderboard going into the final round, and nearly eight years since his last PGA Tour victory. Now he gets to go head-to-head with Vijay Singh, a past champion at Pebble Beach and formerly No. 1 in the world.

Considering the fears Hart faced last year at home, don't expect that to rattle him in the least.

Hart skipped the final six months of last season when doctors discovered a softball-sized tumor in his wife's lung, and he invariably feared the worse while tending to their preschool triplets.

Suzanne Hart is recovering beautifully, and her husband isn't doing too badly at the moment, either.

Hart, who hasn't been in serious contention in nearly four years, finally got the best of Spyglass Hill on Saturday with a bogey-free round of 4-under 68, giving him a share of the lead with Singh at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

“It opens your eyes to what's truly important sometimes,” Hart said.

Singh made an eagle on the par-5 11th at Spyglass on his way to a 67 to join Hart at 9-under 207, the highest score to lead after 54 holes at Pebble Beach since 1990.

They were two shots ahead of PGA Tour rookie Dustin Johnson and Michael Allen.

Defending champion Phil Mickelson lost all hope of being the first repeat winner at Pebble since Mark O’Meara in 1989-90 when he took an 11 on the par-5 14th and went from trying to stay in contention to missing the cut. He finished with a 78.

“It’s not fun when it goes this way,” Mickelson said.

Hart hadn’t had at least a share of the lead since the 1996 Canadian Open, which he went on to win for the first of his two victories. And he is still trying to get back into a rhythm of tour life after a summer of uncertainty involving Suzanne, who had two-thirds of her right lung removed but is getting back to normal.

“It definitely scared me,” Hart said. “I kept looking at those kids and I can’t imagine … God forbid, when they get that tumor out, it comes back bad and they don’t have their mom around. That fortunately wasn’t the issue. You have a lot of positive and negative thoughts, but the negative ones really scare you.”

It’s been all good at Pebble, from his share of the lead to weather that makes the Monterey Peninsula feel like paradise.

Saturday at Pebble traditionally is for the celebrities, and their antics were limited to leaping into the gallery at the 15th tee and being passed through the crowd, although they struggled with hefty actor Kevin James.

Some of the best golf was found elsewhere on the peninsula.

Hart traditionally struggles with Spyglass, and he had his moments. He made good escapes from the bunker on No. 9 and 16 to save par, made birdies on the short par 3s, and finished with two birdies that put him atop the leaderboard.

Johnson, who made it through all three stages of Q-school last year, shot a 68 at Pebble Beach that included a wedge he holed out from 85 yards for eagle on No. 13.

The group at 6-under 210 included Steve Lowery, who had two double bogeys, six birdies and one par on the back nine at Poppy Hills that eventually added to a 70. Also in that group was 20-year-old Jason Day of Australia, who made six birdies at Pebble Beach to overcome some sloppy errors on his way to a 71.

Singh brought some star power to a leaderboard that had been littered with Nationwide Tour graduates for most of the week, and he might have had the lead outright except for missing birdie putts of 4 feet and 7 feet on the final two holes.

He won at Pebble in 2004, the first of his nine victories that year, and is getting closer to feeling comfortable with his swing changes.

“I just need to make some putts tomorrow,” Singh said.

Hart is happy to be playing.

He was at The Players Championship last year when his wife, who had been coping with a bad cough, went to the doctor. The original diagnosis was pneumonia, but the doctors called back and said they discovered a mass on her lungs. She spent a month in the hospital and had surgery on May 21 — her 36th birthday — to remove the tumor. Hart said the tumor had cancer cells on it, but doctors told him it wasn’t cancerous.

“In a nutshell, we got very lucky,” he said. “They have to keep a close eye on her. She has to go get checked up every three months for a year, but so far the checkups have been good. They just want to make sure nothing grows back.”

In the meantime, the PGA Tour amended its major medical extension policy to include “family crisis,” which was awarded to Hart and David Duval, whose wife was on bed rest the final six months of her pregnancy.

That means Hart has 15 tournaments to earn $485,931 — the equivalent of No. 125 on the money list last year — and this would be a good way to take care of that. Hart is far more interested in winning, which he hasn’t done since the Honda Classic in 2000.

“I know there’s a lot of work tomorrow, but I’m happy to have a chance,” he said. “It’s a lot better than barely making the cut and going out there and trying to shoot 60 to make any kind of move. It’s just nice to see something positive happen.”

The cut in this pro-am event is top 60 and ties, and 60 players made it at 1 under. Among the casualties were FBR Open winner J.B. Holmes, who shot 78 at Poppy Hills, and Bob Hope winner D.J. Trahan, who took double bogey on the last hole at Pebble to miss one shot.

Greg Norman, playing for the first time on the PGA Tour in 18 months, shot 79 at Pebble Beach and missed it by 10 shots.

Scores with relation to par from the secondround of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am played Feb. 8 at thethe par-72, 6,816-yard Pebble Beach Golf Links (b), par-72, 6,858-yardSpyglass Hill Golf Course (s), and par-72, 6,833-yard Poppy Hills GolfCourse (p) in Pebble Beach, Calif.:

1. Dudley Hart 69b-70p-68s–207

-9 1. Vijay Singh 70b-70p-67s–207

-9 3. Dustin Johnson 73p-68s-68b–209

-7 3. Michael Allen 68p-70s-71b–209

-7 5. Steve Lowery 69s-71b-70p–210

-6 5. Jeff Quinney 69b-70p-71s–210

-6 5. Ryan Armour 71p-71s-68b–210

-6 5. Y.E. Yang 69p-73s-68b–210

-6 5. Fredrik Jacobson 73s-67b-70p–210

-6 5. Jason Day 69p-70s-71b–210

-6 11. Mark Wilson 68p-71s-72b–211

-5 11. Robert Damron 71s-70b-70p–211

-5 11. Jay Williamson 68b-71p-72s–211

-5 11. Jonathan Kaye 70p-71s-70b–211

-5 11. Jim McGovern 71s-69b-71p–211

-5 11. Kent Jones 66b-74p-71s–211

-5 11. D.A. Points 68s-73b-70p–211

-5 11. Tim Herron 68b-69p-74s–211

-5 19. Matt Kuchar 74p-69s-69b–212

-4 19. John Riegger 72b-70p-70s–212

-4 19. Padraig Harrington 72b-70p-70s–212

-4 19. James Driscoll 72p-68s-72b–212

-4 19. Nicholas Thompson 69s-69b-74p–212

-4 19. Tag Ridings 73p-71s-68b–212

-4 19. Robert Floyd 68b-70p-74s–212

-4 26. Jason Gore 70p-74s-69b–213

-3 26. Pat Perez 74p-70s-69b–213

-3 26. Mathew Goggin 71b-70p-72s–213

-3 26. Joe Ogilvie 74p-69s-70b–213

-3 26. Chris Riley 73b-68p-72s–213

-3 26. Jim Furyk 71s-75b-67p–213

-3 26. Kevin Na 71b-69p-73s–213

-3 26. Andrew Buckle 69s-73b-71p–213

-3 26. Brent Geiberger 69p-73s-71b–213

-3 26. Davis Love III 70s-71b-72p–213

-3 26. Corey Pavin 73s-69b-71p–213

-3 37. Olin Browne 68b-73p-73s–214

-2 37. Nick Watney 76b-71p-67s–214

-2 37. John Mallinger 67p-74s-73b–214

-2 37. Alex Cejka 72b-72p-70s–214

-2 37. Daisuke Maruyama 71s-72b-71p–214

-2 37. Marco Dawson 73s-69b-72p–214

-2 37. Tom Pernice, Jr. 70b-74p-70s–214

-2 37. Parker McLachlin 70p-70s-74b–214

-2 45. Charlie Wi 73s-72b-70p–215

-1 45. Justin Leonard 70p-71s-74b–215

-1 45. Lee Janzen 74b-69p-72s–215

-1 45. Bo Van Pelt 74p-74s-67b–215

-1 45. Tim Petrovic 76b-66p-73s–215

-1 45. Paul Stankowski 74p-72s-69b–215

-1 45. Jin Park 72s-69b-74p–215

-1 45. Brandt Snedeker 73p-72s-70b–215

-1 45. Alejandro Canizares 70p-73s-72b–215

-1 45. Craig Kanada 72p-71s-72b–215

-1 45. Mike Weir 75b-69p-71s–215

-1 45. Greg Kraft 72p-73s-70b–215

-1 45. Carlos Franco 71s-73b-71p–215

-1 45. Shane Bertsch 77b-70p-68s–215

-1 45. Jeff Maggert 72s-73b-70p–215

-1 45. Ryan Moore 71s-70b-74p–215

-1 • • •

Made the cut/Did not finish

61. Scott Sterling 73s-72b-71p–216

E 61. Grant Waite 73p-71s-72b–216

E 61. Matt Jones 70b-72p-74s–216

E 61. Brian Davis 72b-71p-73s–216

E 61. J.B. Holmes 68s-70b-78p–216

E 61. D.J. Trahan 74p-73s-69b–216

E 61. Patrick Sheehan 74p-72s-70b–216

E 61. Steve Allan 69p-73s-74b–216

E 61. John Merrick 71p-70s-75b–216

E 61. Jeff Overton 70s-72b-74p–216

E • • •

Missed the cut

71. Ted Purdy 71p-75s-71b–217
+ 1 71. Jonathan Moore 70p-72s-75b–217
+ 1 71. Todd Demsey 68s-76b-73p–217
+ 1 71. Rocco Mediate 72b-70p-75s–217
+ 1 71. Brad Elder 73b-68p-76s–217
+ 1 71. Craig Barlow 74b-72p-71s–217
+ 1 71. Roland Thatcher 67s-74b-76p–217
+ 1 71. Doug LaBelle II 70b-74p-73s–217
+ 1 71. David Frost 71b-72p-74s–217
+ 1 71. Brenden Pappas 76p-70s-71b–217
+ 1 71. Tom Scherrer 70b-75p-72s–217
+ 1 71. Richard S. Johnson 73b-71p-73s–217
+ 1 71. Peter Tomasulo 71b-68p-78s–217
+ 1 84. Omar Uresti 72s-73b-73p–218
+ 2 84. Tom Lehman 75s-70b-73p–218
+ 2 84. Kevin Streelman 70p-70s-78b–218
+ 2 84. Chris Stroud 73s-70b-75p–218
+ 2 84. Greg Owen 73s-77b-68p–218
+ 2 84. Gavin Coles 74s-70b-74p–218
+ 2 84. Eric Axley 74b-71p-73s–218
+ 2 84. Johnson Wagner 72b-73p-73s–218
+ 2 84. Bob May 74p-70s-74b–218
+ 2 84. Marc Turnesa 70b-74p-74s–218
+ 2 84. Robert Gamez 74s-73b-71p–218
+ 2 95. Bob Sowards 76p-73s-70b–219
+ 3 95. J.P. Hayes 72s-74b-73p–219
+ 3 95. Larry Mize 72b-76p-71s–219
+ 3 95. Skip Kendall 73p-71s-75b–219
+ 3 95. Jonathan Byrd 75s-73b-71p–219
+ 3 95. Dicky Pride 79p-69s-71b–219
+ 3 95. Daniel Chopra 69p-75s-75b–219
+ 3 95. Kenneth Ferrie 72s-74b-73p–219
+ 3 95. Tim Clark 73b-74p-72s–219
+ 3 95. Ken Duke 75s-70b-74p–219
+ 3 95. J.J. Henry 70b-71p-78s–219
+ 3 95. Rick Leibovich 74b-71p-74s–219
+ 3 95. Charley Hoffman 70p-75s-74b–219
+ 3 95. Garrett Willis 73p-75s-71b–219
+ 3 95. Chris DiMarco 74s-72b-73p–219
+ 3 95. Paul Claxton 74s-70b-75p–219
+ 3 111. Joel Kribel 74s-73b-73p–220
+ 4 111. Glen Day 74p-74s-72b–220
+ 4 111. Ryan Palmer 78s-65b-77p–220
+ 4 111. Jason Allred 74s-70b-76p–220
+ 4 111. Dan Forsman 71s-73b-76p–220
+ 4 111. Andrew Magee 74s-70b-76p–220
+ 4 111. Scott McCarron 76b-72p-72s–220
+ 4 111. Frank Lickliter II 72b-73p-75s–220
+ 4 111. Hunter Mahan 75b-72p-73s–220
+ 4 111. David Lutterus 74s-76b-70p–220
+ 4 121. Tommy Gainey 73p-72s-76b–221
+ 5 121. Martin Laird 73b-75p-73s–221
+ 5 121. Len Mattiace 75s-73b-73p–221
+ 5 121. Brad Adamonis 67s-77b-77p–221
+ 5 121. Brian Bateman 71s-77b-73p–221
+ 5 121. Michael Letzig 70b-78p-73s–221
+ 5 121. Jimmy Walker 72b-73p-76s–221
+ 5 121. Chris Smith 76s-71b-74p–221
+ 5 121. Andres Romero 73b-71p-77s–221
+ 5 121. Phil Mickelson 71p-72s-78b–221
+ 5 121. Mathias Gronberg 75p-74s-72b–221
+ 5 121. Dean Wilson 75p-73s-73b–221
+ 5 133. Paul Goydos 73s-75b-74p–222
+ 6 133. Jim Gallagher, Jr. 77b-70p-75s–222
+ 6 133. Spike McRoy 75b-73p-74s–222
+ 6 133. Michael Sim 72b-74p-76s–222
+ 6 133. Harrison Frazar 72s-76b-74p–222
+ 6 133. Kris Cox 68b-72p-82s–222
+ 6 133. Steve Pate 72b-75p-75s–222
+ 6 133. Brandel Chamblee 69b-73p-80s–222
+ 6 141. John Huston 73b-73p-77s–223
+ 7 141. Steve Elkington 78p-72s-73b–223
+ 7 141. Duffy Waldorf 71p-76s-76b–223
+ 7 141. Travis Perkins 76s-72b-75p–223
+ 7 141. Mark Brooks 77s-76b-70p–223
+ 7 141. Tom Byrum 76b-69p-78s–223
+ 7 141. Chad Collins 76p-72s-75b–223
+ 7 148. Richard Johnson 78s-70b-76p–224
+ 8 149. Willie Wood 77b-76p-72s–225
+ 9 149. John Daly 79p-74s-72b–225
+ 9 149. Kevin Sutherland 76p-78s-71b–225
+ 9 149. Greg Norman 76p-70s-79b–225
+ 9 149. Bob Heintz 74p-79s-72b–225
+ 9 154. Phil Tataurangi 76b-79p-71s–226
+ 10 154. Kyle Thompson 76p-77s-73b–226
+ 10 154. Peter Jacobsen 73p-75s-78b–226
+ 10 154. Brett Rumford 78p-74s-74b–226
+ 10 154. John Morse 73s-76b-77p–226
+ 10 154. Colt Knost 77b-72p-77s–226
+ 10 160. Guy Boros 75p-79s-73b–227
+ 11 160. Billy Andrade 75s-75b-77p–227
+ 11 160. Bob Burns 75p-75s-77b–227
+ 11 160. Ryan Dillon 78s-77b-72p–227
+ 11 164. Cody Freeman 72b-80p-76s–228
+ 12 164. Tadd Fujikawa 72s-81b-75p–228
+ 12 164. Craig Stadler 74p-80s-74b–228
+ 12 164. Justin Bolli 74s-76b-78p–228
+ 12 164. Jason Dufner 78s-74b-76p–228
+ 12 164. Jeff Gove 72b-74p-82s–228
+ 12 164. Jay Delsing 74p-76s-78b–228
+ 12 164. David Duval 75b-78p-75s–228
+ 12 172. Ron Whittaker 74b-77p-78s–229
+ 13 172. Tim Wilkinson 74p-82s-73b–229
+ 13 174. J.L. Lewis 76b-79p-75s–230
+ 14 175. Mike Wilson 74p-77s-80b–231
+ 15 175. Joey Sindelar 79s-80b-72p–231
+ 15 177. Mark Hensby 76s-78b-78p–232
+ 16 177. Mike Heinen 76s-78b-78p–232
+ 16 179. Ross Fisher 78s-79b-78p–235
+ 19 180. Keith Clearwater 85s-76b-76p–237
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