Fredrik Jacobson of Sweden shot a 6-under-par 65 for a share of the lead with Sang-Moon Bae of South Korea going into the weekend at the Northern Trust Open at Riviera in Los Angeles.
LOS ANGELES — A move down the California coast hasn’t hurt Fredrik Jacobson.
One week after his best PGA Tour finish in more than a year, the Swede birdied the two toughest holes at Riviera Country Club on his way to a 6-under-par 65 Friday and a share of the lead with Sang-Moon Bae of South Korea going into the weekend at the Northern Trust Open.
Jacobson 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 from just off the green at No. 9 that bumped along until disappearing into the hole.
“That was probably the biggest bonus of the day,” Jacobson said.
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Bae (65) started his round on the back nine and opened with four straight birdies.
They were at 9-under 133 for 36 holes, one shot clear of John Merrick (66) and John Rollins (65).
Ryan Moore (67) of Puyallup was tied for ninth place at 5 under. Seattle native Fred Couples (72) was tied for 26th at 2 under.
Players with scores of 145 and worse missed the cut, including ex-Washington Huskies player Troy Kelly (78-74 — 152).
Luke Donald (66), playing his first PGA Tour event in two months, twice chipped in for birdies and was in fifth place at 7 under.
Phil Mickelson was lurking, despite a sloppy double bogey on the 10th hole. Mickelson (67) was five shots off the lead.
Jacobson, 38, has chronic back issues that seemingly are under control.
Since his lone victory at the 2011 Travelers Championship, he has 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,” Jacobson 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.”
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Players with scores of 146 and worse missed the cut, a group that included ex-Washington Huskies golfer Paige Mackenzie (74-74 — 148) of Yakima, Edwall resident Wendy Ward (75-73 — 148) and ex-Washington State player Kim Welch (76-73 — 149).
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Bob Tway shot a 65.
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