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Mallinger takes lead at Pebble Beach Invite

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (Nov. 20, 2010) -- John Mallinger, no longer fully exempt on the PGA Tour after finishing 133rd on the money list this year, birdied five of his last six holes at Pebble Beach for 7-under 65 and a one-stroke lead in the Pebble Beach Invitational.

Mallinger had nine birdies and two bogeys in the second round to reach 9-under 135 in the 76-player event that features male and female professionals.

“I pretty much made everything out there,” said Mallinger, third twice in the PGA Tour’s Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. “I just always feel comfortable here. It’s like home.”

PGA Tour winner Matt Bettencourt, the first-round leader after a 64 at Del Monte, had a 72 at Spyglass Hill to drop into a tie for second with two-time Champions Tour winner Russ Cochran and four-time LPGA tour champion Candie Kung. Cochran had a 65, and Kung shot a 68, both at Del Monte.

“I played pretty well, but I didn’t hit it below the hole,” said Bettencourt, the Reno-Tahoe Open winner in July for his first PGA Tour title. “That’s the key at Spyglass. The greens were firm and fair and that’s what makes it a great course.”

D.A. Points was fifth at 7 under after a 66 at Pebble Beach.

Annika Sorenstam, competing for one of the rare times since her retirement in 2008, shot a 72 at Spyglass Hill, leaving her six strokes back at 3 under.

Twenty-five players shot sub-par rounds, nine fewer than in the opening round. Del Monte produced 17 of the under-par scores in the second round.

Kevin Streelman, who had a first-round 69 at Del Monte, was disqualified after signing an incorrect scorecard at Pebble Beach.

Defending champion Mark Brooks, the seven-time PGA Tour winner and only three-time Pebble Beach Invitational champion, will likely moss the cut after shooting a 78 to finish at 11 over.

Standings Pebble Beach Invitational Scores with relation to par from the second round of the Pebble Beach Invitational (Note: Not a tour-sanctioned event; SH-Spyglass Hill, PB-Pebble Beach, DM-Del Monte): 1 John Mallinger 70SH-65PB--135 -9 2 Matt Bettencourt 64DM-72SH--136 -8 2 Russ Cochran 71PB-65DM--136 -8 2 Candie Kung 68PB-68DM--136 -8 5 DA Points 71SH-66PB--137 -7 6 Jason Gore 69PB-69DM--138 -6 6 Bryce Molder 66DM-72SH--138 -6 6 Morgan Pressel 66DM-72SH--138 -6 6 Mark Wiebe 72PB-66DM--138 -6 10 Ryan Palmer 70PB-69DM--139 -5 11 Natalie Gulbis 72PB-68DM--140 -4 11 Mina Harigae 72PB-68DM--140 -4 11 William McGirt 67DM-73SH--140 -4 11 Heath Wassem 66DM-74SH--140 -4 15 Tommy Armour 70DM-71SH--141 -3 15 Jim Herman 74PB-67DM--141 -3 15 Juli Inkster 70PB-71DM--141 -3 15 Annika Sorenstam 69DM-72SH--141 -3 19 Tommy Gainey 71PB-71DM--142 -2 19 Derek Lamely 70DM-72SH--142 -2 19 Kristy McPherson 72SH-70PB--142 -2 19 Chris Tidland 73PB-69DM--142 -2 19 Isaac Weintraub 68DM-74SH--142 -2 19 Charlie Wi 70PB-72DM--142 -2 25 Kevin Chappell 69DM-74SH--143 -1 25 Dan Forsman 72SH-71PB--143 -1 25 Scott Gutschewski 71DM-72SH--143 -1 25 Vicky Hurst 67DM-76SH--143 -1 25 Colt Knost 71DM-72SH--143 -1 25 Tom Purtzer 67DM-76SH--143 -1 31 Hunter Haas 73SH-71PB--144 E 31 James Hahn 73PB-71DM--144 E 31 Justin Hicks 73PB-71DM--144 E 34 Notah Begay 67DM-78SH--145 + 1 34 Mike Small 70PB-75DM--145 + 1 34 Nathan Smith 74SH-71PB--145 + 1 34 Kevin Sutherland 72SH-73PB--145 + 1 38 Kris Blanks 72SH-74PB--146 + 2 38 Gary Hallberg 73PB-73DM--146 + 2 38 Jerry Kelly 70SH-76PB--146 + 2 38 Brittany Lincicome 67DM-79SH--146 + 2 38 Brian Mogg 73PB-73DM--146 + 2 38 Pat Perez 71SH-75PB--146 + 2 38 Daniel Summerhays 76PB-70DM--146 + 2 45 Mark Brown 72DM-75SH--147 + 3 45 John Douma 74SH-73PB--147 + 3 45 Harrison Frazar 73SH-74PB--147 + 3 45 Bobby Gates 75SH-72PB--147 + 3 45 Bill Lunde 77PB-70DM--147 + 3 45 Mhairi McKay 77PB-70DM--147 + 3 45 Michael Putnam 72DM-75SH--147 + 3 45 Sam Saunders 71DM-76SH--147 + 3 45 Brent Studer 70DM-77SH--147 + 3 54 Keegan Bradley 72SH-76PB--148 + 4 54 Troy Merritt 76DM-72SH--148 + 4 54 Perry Parker 74PB-74DM--148 + 4 54 Ted Schultz 71SH-77PB--148 + 4 54 Scott Simpson 77SH-71PB--148 + 4 59 Angela Stanford 75SH-74PB--149 + 5 60 Rich Beem 72PB-78DM--150 + 6 60 Cary Cozby 70DM-80SH--150 + 6 60 John Ellis 71PB-79DM--150 + 6 60 Sandra Gal 76DM-74SH--150 + 6 60 Charlie Gibson 81PB-69DM--150 + 6 65 Jill McGill 74DM-77SH--151 + 7 66 Erik Billinger 80PB-72DM--152 + 8 66 Stan Utley 72DM-80SH--152 + 8 68 Jamie Lovemark 73SH-80PB--153 + 9 68 Tom Relf 80SH-73PB--153 + 9 70 Jeff Hanson 75SH-79PB--154 + 10 71 Mark Brooks 77DM-78SH--155 + 11 71 Manny Villegas 76SH-79PB--155 + 11 73 Tommy Masters 79SH-82PB--161 + 17 74 Michael Johnson 83SH-82PB--165 + 21 75 Cody Eberl 85SH-84PB--169 + 25 DQ Kevin Streelman 69SH

The top 40 and ties following the third round will advance to the final round Sunday at Pebble Beach. The winner will receive $60,000 from the $300,000 purse.

The tournament is sponsored by Callaway Golf.

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