Tracker: Bae, Jacobson lead at Northern Trust

Fredrik Jacobson saves par on the eighth green in the second round of the NorthernTrust Open golf tournament at Riviera Country Club in the Pacific Palisades area of Los Angeles, Friday, Feb. 15, 2013.

Fredrik Jacobson saves par on the eighth green in the second round of the NorthernTrust Open golf tournament at Riviera Country Club in the Pacific Palisades area of Los Angeles, Friday, Feb. 15, 2013.

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While the star parade at Riviera lived up to its billing Thursday with Matt Kuchar leading by a shot over Sergio Garcia after the first round, a pair of players with one career PGA Tour victory combined lead after Round 2.

Sang-Moon Bae and Fredrik Jacobson each shot 6-under 65 to take a share of the lead at 9 under. John Merrick and John Rollins are T-3, a shot back at 8 under.

But there are still plenty of big names within striking distance, including Luke Donald at 7 under; Charl Schwartzel, Webb Simpson and Lee Westwood at 6 under; Kuchar at 5 under; and Garcia, Adam Scott and Phil Mickelson at 4 under.

Mickelson responded to an even-par 71 Thursday with a 67 on Friday. He closed with two birdie in his last three holes.

There was a handful of big names who won't be playing into the weekend, including Dustin Johnson, Bubba Watson, Graeme McDowell and Zach Johnson

We followed the action all day with our Round 2 tracker. See how it all unfolded on a beautiful day at Riviera:

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Update No. 49, 7:50 p.m. EST

Matt Kuchar's disappointing day is over. He's still 5 under overall, but entered the day at 7 under. Kuchar's 2-over 73 included two double bogeys and a bogey on No. 9, his final hole of the day. The 73 was also Kuchar's highest round since the first round of the Hyundai.

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Update No. 48, 7:39 p.m. EST

Phil Mickelson closes with par at No. 18 to cap a 4-under 67. He's 4 under overall and will be playing this weekend. His playing competitor Keegan Bradley carded a 1-under 70 and is 1 under overall.

Also, Zach Johnson is in with a 3-over 74 and at 4 over overall, will not make the cut. Vijay Singh, on the other hand, is 3 under through 16 holes and is 1 over overall, right inside the cut line.

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Update No. 47, 7:31 p.m. EST

Phil Mickelson just notched a second birdie in a row, the latest coming at the par-5 17th. Lefty is 4 under on the par 5s today, and 4 under overall heading into the last hole.

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Update No. 46, 7:17 p.m. EST

Fredrik Jacobson just recorded his first bogey of the round, bogeying the par-4 15th to fall back into a tie for the lead with Sang-Moon Bae at 9 under.

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Update No. 45, 7:15 p.m. EST

Zach Johnson is currently one shot below the projected cut line of 1 over. Johnson (2 over) has two holes, Nos. 8 and 9, to try and get into the weekend.

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Update No. 44, 7:07 p.m. EST

Phil Mickelson birdies his first par 3 of the day, No. 16, to move to 3 under with two holes left.

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Update No. 43, 6:46 p.m. EST

Fredrik Jacobson has only missed one green in regulation so far today, and just made a 7 footer for birdie at the par-4 13th to move into sole possession of the lead at 10 under.

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Update No. 42, 6:13 p.m. EST

Fredrik Jacobson has now tied Sang-Moon Bae for the lead at 9 under. Jacobson left a long eagle putt short at the par-5 11th and tapped in for birdie.

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Update No. 41, 6:10 p.m. EST

John Rollins has joined Fredrik Jacobson and John Merrick at 8 under, one back of leader Sang-Moon Bae. Rollins is 6 under through 14 holes today.

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Update No. 40, 6 p.m. EST

Fredrik Jacobson just made a 10 footer for birdie at No. 10 to move to 8 under.

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Update No. 39, 5:54 p.m. EST

Phil Mickelson rebounds with a short birdie at the par-5 11th to move to 2 under.

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Update No. 38, 5:38 p.m. EST

No. 10 has claimed another victim: Phil Mickelson. Lefty doubled the hole, missing an 8 footer for bogey and falling from 3 under to 1 under with eight holes to play.

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Update No. 37, 5:24 p.m. EST

John Rollins has moved into a share of third at 7 under. Rollins is 5 under through 10 holes. He has three top 20s in four starts and finished T-44 at Farmers.

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Update No. 36, 5:05 p.m. EST

The projected cut remains at 1 over. Those below the cut line and finished with their rounds include Dustin Johnson and Graeme McDowell at 3 over. Those below the cut line but with golf still to be played include Zach Johnson (2 over), Vijay Singh (3 over), Bud Cauley (4 over, but 2 under through four holes so far today) and Bubba Watson, who shot 6-over 77 Thursday and is 1 over through eight holes today.

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Update No. 35, 4:44 p.m. EST

The sand has not been Matt Kuchar's friend today. After finding a bunker three times at No. 10, he found a fairway bunker at No. 15. His second hit the lip and popped back into the same bunker. His third also hit the lip, but just got out into the fairway. His fourth would land on the green about 10 feet away from the pin. He then was unable to save bogey, making his second double on the back nine to fall to 4 under overall.

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Update No. 34, 4:39 p.m. EST

It wasn't a good day for Sergio Garcia. Garcia shot 6-under 65 on Thursday and opened his second round with an eagle at No. 1. But Garcia played his next 17 holes in 4 over and is 4 under heading into the weekend.

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Update No. 33, 4:24 p.m. EST

After a birdie at No. 5, which moved him to 3 under, Phil Mickelson has given a shot back at No. 6. Lefty missed a 20 footer to save par and tapped in for bogey to drop back to 2 under.

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Update No. 32, 4:20 p.m. EST

Here's some of what Luke Donald had to say after his second round:

"I'm excited to be in the mix again. Obviously, you never know after taking that long. It's kind of tough to get back into that competitive spirit. But I'm very excited about how sharp my short game has been the last couple days."

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Update No. 31, 4:02 p.m. EST

Matt Kuchar has rebounded from his double at No. 10. He birdied No. 11 and then chipped to inches at No. 12 set up a tap-in par. He's 6 under right now, three back of leader Sang-Moon Bae.

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Update No. 30, 3:40 p.m. EST

Fred Couples has birdied his first two holes and is 5 under overall. Couples has played here more than anybody, 31 starts to be exact.

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Update No. 29, 3:32 p.m. EST

If No. 10 was unkind to Jim Furyk, it was just downright mean to Matt Kuchar. Kuchar hit his drive way right and into a fairway bunker. He then mishit out of the sand, flying the ball over the green and into a greenside bunker. His third shot didn't get out of the bunker because of a tough lie and after his fourth got on the green, Kuchar missed the bogey putt. The double drops Kuchar to 5 under.

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Update No. 28, 3:14 p.m. EST

The short par-4 10th has been known to be a risk-reward hole. Jim Furyk decided to not take the risk, laying up to start his round. But his approach sailed into a greenside bunker, and then his shot from sand went long again and into another greenside bunker. He'd get it to about 4 feet with his fourth out of the sand and end up with bogey to fall to 2 under.

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Update No. 27, 3:08 p.m. EST

Phil Mickelson just started his day and what a start it is. After driving just off the fairway at the par-5 first hole, Lefty stuck an 8-iron to a foot. He tapped it in for eagle to move to 2 under overall.

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Update No. 26, 3:03 p.m. EST

Webb Simpson made a 20-foot birdie putt from the fringe at No. 9 to cap a 5-under 66 and head into the weekend at 6 under.

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Update No. 25, 2:53 p.m. EST

Blayne Barber is 4 under through 11 holes today and 6 under overall, which has him at T-5. Also T-5 is Charl Schwartzel, who is in with a 4-under 67. Luke Donald is also in with a 5-under 66. Donald is 7 under overall.

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Update No. 24, 2:43 p.m. EST

Charl Schwartzel is now 7 under, 5 under through 17 holes today. He's been on a roll as of late. He's averaged 66.38 strokes in his last 13 rounds. Meanwhile, Sang-Moon Bae just capped a 6-under 65 and is leading at 9 under, one shot ahead of John Merrick, whose 5-under 66 has moved him to 8 under.

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Update No. 23, 2:33 p.m. EST

Well, we're nearing the halfway point of the second round, so we'll take a look at the projected cut. Right now, 1 over is the projected cut line. Those who would be out at this moment are Charles Howell III (2 over), Graeme McDowell (3 over) and Dustin Johnson (4 over).

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Update No. 22, 2:25 p.m. EST

It looked early on that Sergio Garcia would build on his 6-under 65 from Thursday. He eagled No. 1 and after a bogey at No. 2, birdied No. 3. But since that birdie, he's 4 over with four bogeys. He's fallen to 4 under and has just one hole left today.

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Update No. 21, 2:12 p.m. EST

Blayne Barber, who Monday qualified for this event, had to finish up his first round early this morning. Now, he's nine holes into his second round and 2 under overall.

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Update No. 20, 1:59 p.m. EST

Sang-Moon Bae drops a shot again with a bogey at the par-4 seventh. He's 9 under overall, just a shot clear of Luke Donald and John Merrick. Also, Dustin Johnson is 2 under now on the round. He's 3 over overall with four holes left. Graeme McDowell is also 3 over, although he's 1 over through 14 holes today.

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Update No. 19, 1:42 p.m. EST

Luke Donald is now solo second at 8 under after another birdie. He's still two back, though, as Sang-Moon Bae has responded to a bogey at No. 5 with a birdie at the par-3 sixth.

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Update No. 18, 1:26 p.m. EST

Luke Donald has six birdies and just one bogey through 12 holes today. He's moved into a tie for third at 7 under. Since finishing second here in 2010, Donald has missed the cut and finished T-56 the last two years. He trails leader Sang-Moon Bae (9 under) by two shots.

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Update No. 17, 1:15 p.m. EST

Sang-Moon Bae has taken a two-shot lead at 10 under. He's 7 under through 13 holes today. John is the man in second at 8 under thanks to being 5 under through 13 holes today.

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Update No. 16, 12:52 p.m. EST

Matt Kuchar's 7-under 64 led the way on Thursday. Who will have the low round Friday? Well, Charlie Wi has a good chance right now. Wi is 6 under through 10 holes after just making eagle at No. 1. He's moved from 4 over to 2 under overall, too.

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Update No. 15, 12:34 p.m. EST

Want proof that the stars have come to play at Riviera? Take a look at some of the names currently at T-13 or better: Lee Westwood, Webb Simpson, Adam Scott, Hunter Mahan, Luke Donald, Charl Schwartzel, Matt Kuchar and Sergio Garcia.

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Update No. 14, 12:32 p.m. EST

Sang-Moon Bae just birdied the par-5 first hole – he made par there on Thursday – to move to 8 under overall and into the outright lead. Bae is 5 under through 10 holes today. He started on the back nine with four straight birdies.

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Update No. 13, 12:28 p.m. EST

Should Dustin Johnson miss the cut this week, it will mean he has failed to finish three of five events in 2013. Johnson withdrew at the Sony and missed the cut last week in Pebble Beach. He's trying to claw his way back. He's got three birdies since an opening double bogey on No. 10, moving from 5 over to 4 over for the tournament with 10 holes left today.

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Update No. 12, 12:20 p.m. EST

Make that 5 under overall and 3 under on the day for Luke Donald, who just birdied the par-5 17th. Donald also birdied the par-4 15th, a hole he bogeyed on Thursday. Donald has a lot of golf left, too, as he heads to No. 18 with the front nine still to play.

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Update No. 11, 12:16 p.m. EST

Sang-Moon Bae has now made it a three-way tie for the lead at 7 under with Matt Kuchar, who has yet to tee off, and Sergio Garcia, who is just 1 under through eight holes today. Bae makes the turn toward the front nine after going 4 under on the back.

Also making charges are Charl Schwartzel (5 under, 3 under today), Luke Donald (4 under overall, 2 under today) and Hunter Mahan (4 under overall, 3 under today).

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Update No. 10, 12:05 p.m. EST

Dustin Johnson shot 5-over 76 on Thursday and after one hole of play today it looked like the Hyundai winner would continue to struggle. Johnson double-bogeyed the short par-4 10th, but has since birdied twice in five holes to get back to even for the round. He's still at 5 over, though, 12 shots back and in danger of missing his second straight cut.

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Update No. 9, 12:02 p.m. EST

Sergio Garcia drops a shot with a bogey on No. 7. He's now 7 under overall, 1 under today. Remember he played the front nine in 4 under on Thursday. But he's already made two bogeys on the front so far today.

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Update No. 8, 11:44 a.m. EST

Charl Schwartzel made 13 of 16 cuts last year on Tour after making his debut at the WGC-Accenture Match Play. He's starting a week earlier in 2013 and is playing well. He's 2 under through six holes today to move to 4 under, four shots behind leader Sergio Garcia, who is 8 under overall, 2 under through six holes today.

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Update No. 7, 11:18 a.m. EST

Webb Simpson, Hunter Mahan and Adam Scott are all 2 under through three holes today. Simpson and Mahan are 3 under overall while Scott is 2 under for the tournament. Also, Sang-Moon Bae's birdie streak has ended with a par at No. 14.

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Update No. 6, 10:58 a.m. EST

Make that four straight birdies to start the day for Sang-Moon Bae. He's now 7 under, one shot behind Sergio Garcia, who got a shot back with a birdie at No. 3 to move to 8 under.

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Update No. 5, 10:48 a.m. EST

Sang-Moon Bae was 2 under on Nos. 10-12 on Thursday. He's 3 under on those holes today as he's begun his second round with three straight birdies to move to 6 under. He's a shot back of leaders Matt Kuchar and Sergio Garcia, who bogeyed No. 2 after an opening eagle at No. 1.

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Update No. 4, 10:39 a.m. EST

Luke Donald and Charl Schwartzel both fired 2-under 69s in their 2013 PGA Tour debuts. And after one hole today, both have moved to 3 under. Donald birdied No. 10, the same hole where he holed out for eagle on Thursday. Schwartzel's birdie came at the par-5 first hole.

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Update No. 3, 10:29 a.m. EST

Sergio Garcia needed just one hole to turn a one-shot deficit into a one-shot lead over Matt Kuchar. Garcia eagled the par-5 first to move into sole possession of the lead at 8 under. He birdied the hole on Thursday.

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Update No. 2, 10:03 a.m. EST

Sang-Moon Bae has made four cuts to begin 2013, but he hasn't done much else, his best finish coming with a T-27 at Humana. But Bae just birdied his opening hole of the second round to move to 4 under.

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Update No. 1, 9:57 a.m. EST

A handful of players are out on the course right now trying to finish their first rounds after play was suspended due to darkness on Thursday. But that hasn't kept the second round from starting as schedule.

• • •

Round 1 coverage

TRACKER: In what has been an incredible start to the 2013 PGA Tour season - Dustin Johnson, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Brandt Snedeker have all won in the first six weeks - the stars will really get going this week at the Northern Trust Open, which was as good as advertised Thursday. How it happened.

5 THINGS: Sergio Garcia fired a 6-under 65 in his 2013 PGA Tour debut. here are 5 Things you ened to know from Thursday's first round at the North Trust Open. Story.

NOT DONE: Brandt Jobe has overcome injury after injury during the course of his PGA Tour career. He shot 5-under 66 Thursday in just his third round on Tour since surgery last summer to repair two nerve blocks in his neck. Story.

• • •

Pre-tournament coverage

TEE TIMES: A look at the first-round tee times at the Northern Trust Open. Pairings.

STARS COME OUT: Three of the past four major winners, plus the season debuts of Luke Donald, Adam Scott and Graeme McDowell put a spotlight on the Northern Trust Open. 5 Things.

WHICH LEFTY WILL SHOW UP? Phil Mickelson has had a bit of a Jekyll-and-Hyde existence the last two weeks. He nearly shot a 59 at Phoenix, cruising to a four-shot victory. Then he went to Pebble, where he barely made the cut. Which Mickelson will show up this week? Story.

OUT FOR 2013: Spencer Levin says he probably won’t be playing golf again until next season. The silver lining? With the PGA Tour’s new year-round schedule configuration, the start to the 2014 season is only eight months away. Story.

PREDICTIONS: There will be plenty of familiar faces making their 2013 PGA Tour debut this week at the Northern Trust Open. Two of them also make the cut with our panel of experts - with Luke Donald and Charl Schwartzel both registering as overall favorites. Tip Sheet.

CLEAR CONSCIENCE: Blayne Barber might not be one of the 25 marquee players teeing it up at Northern Trust Open, but after his self-disqualification at Q-School, he is simply ready to show off his game on golf's biggest stage. Commentary.

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