Former Virginia golfer Steve Marino is on pace for his first career PGA Tour win, shooting a seven-under 65 after Day 1 and a six-under 66 after Day 2 to lead the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Marino, a 2002 graduate of the University with a sociology degree, finished second earlier this year in the Sony Open in Hawaii.
Marino finished day 1 on Spyglass Hill, which traditionally plays the hardest, bogey-free. He hit 12 (of 14) fairways and 13 greens on day 1, putting just 24 times.
The second day was just more of the same. Marino had one bogey, but still hit 14 greens and seven birdies, including three birdies resulting coming from 15'10", 19'2" and 16'11" putts at the 13th, 16th and 18th holes, respectively.
While at Virginia, Marino won the 1999 Virginia Amateur Championship. He was named to the 2002 Virginia State Golf Association All-State First Team, was an All-ACC honoree, and was named the MVP at UVa's 2002 All-Sports Banquet.
Marino is currently at 13-under 131 and is currently the only player in the clubhouse at double-digit under par. D.A. Points, who shared the lead with Marino after the first round, finished the second day just two-under 70 and an aggregate nine-under 133, giving Marino the outright lead.
Marino will finish his rotation at the par-70 Monterey Peninsula, which traditionally plays the easiest of the three courses.