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Johnson, Goydos lead

at Pebble Beach

Dustin Johnson and Paul Goydos could not be any more different, which is why it was so odd to see them atop the leaderboard yesterday at the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am with identical scores.

On their birth certificates, Goydos is 20 years older. On the tee, Johnson is 48 yards longer.

Johnson is tall and athletic. Goydos is . . . not.

Johnson overpowered Spyglass Hill for an 8-under 64 that included two eagles. Goydos poked his way along the splendid coastline of Pebble Beach and birdied two of the last three holes for an 8-under 64.

Nothing separated them on the scoreboard, which is all that matters. They were at 18-under 196, four shots clear of anyone else heading into the final round.

Couples has edge

Fred Couples is in position for his first Champions Tour victory. He'll have to hold on to the lead at the ACE Group Classic in Naples, Fla. for at least 23 holes today to do it.

Couples sank a 48-foot putt from well off the green on No. 12 for eagle, then made a 12-footer for birdie on No. 13 to reach 5 under before second-round play was called due to darkness.


Kubot makes final

Lukasz Kubot of Poland reached the Brazil Open final, rallying to beat fourth-seeded Igor Andreev, 2-6, 6-2, 6-4.

Kubot will face top-seeded Juan Carlos Ferrero or Brazilian Ricardo Mello in today's final.

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