Pacific Palisades, CA (Sports Network) - Sang-Moon Bae and Fredrik Jacobson both carded 6-under 65s on Friday to snare a share of the lead after two rounds of the Northern Trust Open.
Bae and Jacobson sit at 9-under 133 through 36 holes, one stroke ahead of John Merrick and John Rollins, who shot 66 and 65, respectively.
World No. 3 Luke Donald fired a 66 to move into sole possession of fifth place at 7-under, while Charl Schwartzel (67), Webb Simpson (66) and Lee Westwood (68) are tied for sixth at minus-6.
Donald and the 2011 Masters Champion Schwartzel are both making their PGA Tour season debuts. The former hasn't played since the European Tour's DP World Tour Championship in November, while the latter has already produced a win and a second-place finish overseas.
Matt Kuchar held the lead on Thursday when play at Riviera Country Club was suspended due to fog. He was still on top when the first round concluded Friday morning, but he suffered a pair of double-bogeys early in his second round and never fully recovered, ending with a 73, which dropped him into a tie for ninth place at 5-under.
Defending champion Bill Haas (67), John Mallinger (66) and Ryan Moore (67) also sit at minus-5 through 36 holes.
Phil Mickelson, who, along with Keegan Bradley, lost to Haas in a playoff last year, carded a 67 and moved into a tie for 13th at 4-under. Adam Scott (67), the 2005 champion at this event, Sergio Garcia (73) and Ernie Els (68) are also 4-under. Garcia was one shot off Kuchar's pace at the conclusion of the first round.
More to follow.