LOS ANGELES — 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 on Friday and a share of the lead with Sang-Moon Bae going into the weekend at the Northern Trust Open.
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.
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 sank 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).
Phil Mickelson was lurking, despite a sloppy double bogey on the 10th hole.
Eagle boosts Langer
At Naples, Fla., Bernhard Langer holed a 9-iron shot from 141 yards 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 rainy ACE Group Classic.
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.
Uribe on the rise
At Canberra, Australia, Colombia’s Mariajo Uribe shot a 6-under 67 to take a one-stroke lead over 15-year-old amateur star Lydia Ko and South Korea’s Jiyai Shin after the second round of the LPGA Tour’s season-opening Women’s Australian Open.
Uribe had a 15-under 131 total at Royal Canberra. Two-time British Open-winner Shin had a 67, and Ko followed her opening 63 with a 69.