News for Friday, February 14, 2014

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5 Things: Bae grabs Northern Trust Open lead

On Valentine’s Day, the field at Riviera Country Club swooned over the gorgeous weather and the firm, fast conditions while Sang-Moon Bae took the lead at the halfway point of the Northern Trust Open.

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Dalke set to defend title at CB&I Boys Championship

Brad Dalke will look to defend his title at the AJGA CB&I Boys Championship, which starts Saturday at the Club at Carlton Woods' Fazio Championship Course in The Woodlands, Texas.

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Tracker: Bae fires 66, leads Northern Trust Open

Dustin Johnson starts the day with a one-shot lead over Jimmy Walker and 10 others, including J.B. Holmes who will wrap up his opening round early Friday. Follow the day's highlights from the Northern Trust Open right here!

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Match-play field set; No Woods, Mickelson or Scott

The field for the WGC-Accenture Match Play was set Friday night, and as expected Tiger Woods, Adam Scott and Phil Mickelson have opted to skip next week's event in Marana, Ariz.

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Lunde grabs lead in Colombia; Thomas tied for 2nd

Inclement weather halted play for a second straight day at the Web.com Tour season opener in Bogota, Colombia. But Bill Lunde was able to finish his second round Friday and he leads the Pacific Rubiales Colombia Championship by a shot.

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Michigan downs Illinois at Big Ten Match Play

No team won twice on Friday at The Big 10 Match Play Championship, which are being held at The Concession Golf Club in Bradenton, Fla.

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Coaches change tune on NCAA women's format

The change in format for the women's NCAA Championships this week was met by surprising open arms by coaches that had once voiced opposition to allowing match play determine the national champion.

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S. Carolina, Texas A&M share lead at FSU Match-Up

South Carolina and Texas A&M are tied at the top of the leaderboard of the Florida State Match-Up at Southwood Golf Course in Tallahassee, Fla.

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Langer leads after opening 64 at ACE Group Classic

Defending champion Bernhard Langer shot an 8-under 64 on Friday to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the ACE Group Classic.

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Bad thumb blister leads Couples to likely missed cut

For only the fourth time in 32 appearances, Fred Couples will not be around for the weekend at the Northern Trust Open.

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Spieth exorcises demons on 12th hole, fires 66

Jordan Spieth doesn't have the best of memories when it comes to the par-4 12th hole at Riviera, but a simple par on Friday seemed to push him in a positive direction – and a made cut at the Northern Trust Open.

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Johnson's putting leads him to the top at Riviera

While the stat sheet showed 30 putts from Dustin Johnson in the first round at the Northern Trust Open, the more important statistic was his strokes-gained putting – which isn't as complicated as it sounds.

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Darren Clarke (chest) WDs from Northern Trust Open

Darren Clarke was disappointed with his 7-over 78 in Thursday’s first round of the Northern Trust Open. But he was more disappointed with the fact that he had to withdraw due to a continuing muscle issue in his chest.

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Hahn cards 61, leads Africa Open by 2 shots

It wasn't long ago that John Hahn was disqualified from his first tournament as a European Tour member. Now, the American finds himself the second-round leader of the Africa Open after carding a 10-under 61 Friday at East London (South Africa) Golf Club.

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Notebook: All eyes on Park, USC as victories pile up

The deeper USC plays into the season, the more its story becomes like a riddle. How many different fivesomes can head coach Andrea Gaston create out of a roster with seven very capable competitors?

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Behind ace, Hedwall leads Women's Australian Open

Sweden's Caroline Hedwall had a hole-in-one as part of a 7-under par 65 that gave her a one-shot lead after Friday's second round of the women's Australian Open. Cheyenne Woods, Lydia Ko, Paula Creamer, Jessica Korda and Morgan Pressel all in contention.

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Robert Morris eyes title before losing program

The Robert Morris women's golf team strives to win conference after hearing that program will be cut following the 2013-14 season.

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Haskins Award Watch List: Feb. 14, 2014

As the spring college season gets underway, we offer up our first Haskins Award Watch List of 2014, with Alabama's Trey Mullinax leading the pack.

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Stanford hosts Peg Barnard Invitational, eyes repeat

One year after setting course records, sophomore Mariah Stackhouse and the Stanford Cardinal return to the Stanford (Calif.) Golf Course to host the Peg Barnard Invitational Saturday and Sunday.

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LIVE SCORES: Seminole Match Up

Follow the live leaderboard from the Seminole Match Up.