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Sang-moon Bae leading Northern Trust Open after second-round 65

February 15, 2013|By Chris Dufresne
  • Although Sang-moon Bae wasn't happy with his approach shot at No. 5, his second-round 65 moved him into the lead at Riviera Country Club.
Although Sang-moon Bae wasn't happy with his approach shot at No.… (Reed Saxon / Associated…)

South Korea's Sang-moon Bae shot six-under 65 on Friday morning to seize the second-round lead at the Northern Trust Open.

Bae is currently nine-under 133 overall and holds a one-shot lead over John Merrick, who followed his first-round 68 with a five-under 66 on Friday.

Luke Donald, the former world No. 1 who is playing his first event of the season, is seven under for 36 holes after his second-round 66.

Seemingly ageless Fred Couples, 53, a two-time Northern Trust winner who is playing this week on a sponsor's exemption, birdied his first two holes Friday and was five under through seven holes.

Phil Mickelson, who shot even-par 71 on Thursday, is also off to a hot start. He made eagle on the par-five first hole and was three-under overall as he approached the clubhouse turn.

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