Bae leads suspended Northern Trust Open

PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. — Sang-Moon Bae carded a 5-under 66 on Friday and moved atop the leaderboard with the second round of the Northern Trust Open suspended by darkness.

Bae completed 36 holes at 9-under-par 133. He earned his first PGA Tour title last year at the Byron Nelson Championship.

Aaron Baddeley (65) and Robert Garrigus (67) shared second place at minus-8. Charlie Beljan is one stroke back at 7-under 135 after a 3-under 68 in round two at Riviera Country Club.

First-round leader Dustin Johnson managed a 1-under 70 on Friday and dipped into a share of fifth at minus-6. He was joined there by Jim Furyk (68), Brian Harman (69) and William McGirt (67).

For the second straight day, the round was suspended due to darkness. The second round will resume on Saturday at 10 a.m. ET.

Bae started with a pair of pars before rolling in a 26-footer for birdie at the third. After five pars in a row, he dropped his approach eight feet from the hole at the eighth and converted that for birdie.

Around the turn, Bae missed the green at the par-5 11th, but nearly made eagle. His chip stopped less than a foot from the hole and he kicked that in for birdie.

Bae parred three in a row before draining a 20-foot birdie try at the 16th. He made it two in a row at the 17th, where he rolled in a 7-foot birdie putt.

“This course is very tricky, but I was able to focus on my game. I had lots of patience today,” Bae stated. “The greens were much better today with the early start. I did alright here last year, and I love this course.”

Baddeley, the 2011 champion, 2-putted for birdie on the first. He moved to 4- under with a 7-foot birdie putt on the fifth.

The Australian made a mess of the 10th and dropped a shot there. He bounced back with a 9-foot birdie putt on No. 11. After another bogey on the 12th, Baddeley sank a 13-foot putt for birdie at 13 and that setup a hot closing stretch.

Baddeley birdies the 15th from 15 feet out, and followed with a birdie effort from just inside six feet at 16. He sank a 16-footer for birdie at 17 and made it four in a row as his 25-foot birdie try at the last found the bottom of the hole.

Garrigus got off to a fast start as he birdied the 10th and 11th, both from inside six feet. After five pars in a row, Garrigus holed an eagle effort from just off the green at the 17th.

On the front nine, Garrigus took the lead at minus-10 with a short birdie putt on the third. However, he faltered to consecutive 3-putt bogeys at seven and eight to fall one behind. He ended there with a par at the last.

“If I’m hitting it as far as I am and keeping it in the fairway, I’m able to spin my ball with my short irons,” said Garrigus of the dry conditions. “My caddie told me that when I got here this week. It’s laughable how far I’m hitting it.”


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