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Jacobson, Bae tied for lead at Riviera
A move down the California coast hasn't changed a thing for Fredrik Jacobson.
One week after his best finish in more than a year, Jacobson birdied the two toughest holes at Riviera on his way to a 6-under 65 Friday and a share of the lead with Sang-Moon Bae going into the weekend at the Northern Trust Open in Los Angeles.
The Swede did just about everything well, from his tee shots to his iron play, just what it takes to get around the classic design of Riviera. And it helps to get a little luck, such as a 55-foot birdie putt from just off the green at No. 9 that bumped along until disappearing for an unlikely birdie.
"That was probably the biggest bonus of the day," Jacobson said.
Bae played in the morning and began with four straight birdies, all of them from tap-in range until holing a 25-foot putt on the 13th. He wound up making birdies on half of his holes in his round of 65.
They were at 9-under 133, one shot clear of John Merrick (66) and John Rollins (65).
Still very much in the picture was Luke Donald, who chipped in twice for birdie and worked his short-game magic around the course for a 66. Playing for the first time in two months, Donald didn't look as if he had much rust. He was two shots behind.
Lee Westwood birdied the last hole for a 68 to join the group at 6-under 136 that includes a pair of major champions, Charl Schwartzel (67) and Webb Simpson (66).
Phil Mickelson was lurking, despite a sloppy double bogey on the 10th hole. Mickelson still managed a 67 and was five shots back.
"I had a little hiccup on the 10th," Mickelson said. "I was just trying to make 4 and I couldn't even do that. But 4 under is not a bad round, with the exception of No. 10. That took a great round and turned it into a pretty good round."
It sets up for a wide-open weekend along Sunset Boulevard.
Twenty players were separated by five shots. That included defending champion Bill Haas (67) and Matt Kuchar, who had a pair of double bogeys in a 73. They were four shots behind. Sergio Garcia bogeyed three of his last five holes for a 73 and was in the group at 4-under 138 that included Mickelson, Ernie Els and Adam Scott.
Jacobson has chronic back issues, and he has them under control at the moment.
Since his lone win at the Travelers Championship in the summer of 2011, he has only two top 10s in official PGA Tour events - a tie for eighth in Hartford as the defending champion, and his tie for seventh last week at Pebble Beach.
"I obviously take a lot out of that, just being in contention again," he said. "I've had some good practice sessions before, but to bring it on the course and play under pressure, that's what it's about. And the sooner I can get back and put myself in this position where I can get some pressure, that's the best practice you can get."
Langer shoots 62 to take ACE Group Classic lead
Bernhard Langer holed out from the fairway for an eagle on the par-4 10th and finished with a 10-under 62 to take a three-stroke in the Champions Tour's ACE Group Classic at Naples ,Fla.
Langer hit a 9-iron from 141 yards that went right in the cup on the 10th.
"Just heard a lot of noise when it hit the flag and cup," he said. "Sometimes they bounce out and go all over the place, but this one stayed in, so that was nice."
Langer had three birdies on the front nine on TwinEagles' Talon Course, then played the back nine in 7-under 29 with the eagle and five birdies - including four in a row on Nos. 13-16.
Langer got off to a slow start with four straight pars, but was hitting the ball well.
"It was just a matter of being patient, and it can happen in golf," he said.
Langer needed an eagle and birdie on the last two holes to get to 59, and eagled No. 17 all three times he played it last year.
"I was thinking even though it's wet and the course is playing much longer, if I really hit a great tee shot down there, might get there (in two) with a 3-wood, but slightly mis-hit my tee shot, and that was just about 10 yards too far away to go for it," he said.
The 55-year-old German star, a 16-time winner on the 50-and-over tour, won the event in 2011 at The Quarry.
Bob Tway was second after a 65, and Tom Pernice Jr., Jay Don Blake and John Huston shot 66.
Tway, who has had two top-10 finishes in his last 44 events, spent the offseason working on his short game.
"I haven't been very pleased with how I've been playing, so I spent a lot of time at it," he said.
Light rain fell throughout the morning, with a brief heavier shower. A cold front was expected to come through Saturday and kick up wind to 15 to 20 mph, with high temperatures in the low 60s Sunday.
Uribe leads at the Aussie Women's Open
Mariajo Uribe shot a 6-under 67 to overtake South Korea's Jiyai Shin and overnight leader Lydia Ko, claiming a one-stroke lead after the second round of the LPGA Tour's season-opening Women's Australian Open at Canberra.
The Colombian opened with a birdie after teeing off on the par-4 10th and made four more at Royal Canberra, including at the sixth and seventh as she moved to 15-under 131.
Two-time British Open-winner Shin fired eight birdies against two bogeys for a 67, sharing second with 15-year-old amateur Ko, who followed an opening 63 with a 69.
Ko had five birdies but squandered a chance to retain a share of the lead with a bogey on the par-4 14th.
Uribe, who turned pro in 2009, is chasing her first LPGA title and played a blemish-free round to follow her 64 Thursday.
Ko was grouped with top-ranked Yani Tseng (71), who finished eight strokes off the lead, and Michelle Wie, who missed the cut by two strokes after rounds of 74 and 73.