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Northern Trust Open

02/13/14, Thursday

Darkness suspended play at the first round of the Northern Trust Open in Los Angeles on Thursday, with Dustin Johnson leading the pack after shooting a 5-under 66.

Johnson continued his impressive play of late. He finished second at Pebble Beach a week ago, by one stroke.

The hottest player in golf is one of several players in hot pursuit of Johnson after one round. Jimmy Walker, who won Pebble Beach and is just the fourth golfer in the last 20 years to start a season with three wins in the first eight tournaments of the season.

Walker recorded birdies on his final three holes of the first round to finish at 67, one stroke behind Johnson.

Sixty-seven was a pretty popular score on Thursday. Korea's Sang-Moon Bae, Americans Charlie Beljan, Robert Garrigus, Brian Harman, Blake Adams, J.B. Holmes, Scott Stallings and Charley Hoffman, Italy's Francesco Molinari and Australia's Matt Jones all recorded the same mark.

Johnson was even through four holes, and just 1-under on the front nine, but was 4-under on the back nine.

Walker might have run away with yet another tournament except for a hiccup on the back nine in which he bogeyed No. 12 and 13. He made up for it by birdying 16, 17 and 18.

02/14/14, Friday

Sang-Moon Bae knows what it take to lead the Northern Trust Open over two rounds, having done it in each of the past two years. Now he'll try and carry that feeling for a full four rounds.

Bae shot a 5-under 66 to slide to 9-under for the tournament. He's up one stroke over Aaron Baddeley and Robert Garrigus.

For a second straight day, the round was suspended by darkness. Six players were through 16 when the round was called off, but none of the six were anywhere near the top of the leaderboard.

Bae fired five birdies, including two on 16 and 17 to take the lead.

Australia's Baddeley had the second-best round of the day, a 6-under 65 to spring from 35th to a tie for second. At 1-under through 12, Baddeley finished the round with four straight birdies.

Garrigus was at even par through the front nine, then started the back nine with back-to-back birdies, followed by an eagle on No. 17 to finish 4-under for the back nine and the round.

The best round of the day was Jason Allred's 7-under, which dropped him to 5-under for the tournament. Allred was actually at nine under through 14 before consecutive bogeys slowed him down.

02/15/14, Saturday

When Bubba Watson won the 2012 Masters, he looked like the next great young player on the PGA tour.

No one could have expected it would it would take him two years and 41 tournaments to win his next PGA event.

Watson shot his second second straight 64 on Sunday to win the Northern Trust Open by two strokes over Dustin Johnson. Watson was just one stroke under par through two rounds, then finished the tournament 15 strokes under par.

Watson was 5-under par on the front nine thanks to five birdies, three in the first four holes to win the $1.206 million prize at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, just outside Los Angeles.

Johnson shot a 5-under 66, but was at that mark through 15 holes and couldn't make up any more ground, ending his round with three straight pars.

Fellow Americans Jason Allred and Brian Harman tied for third at 12-under. Each man shot a 4-under 68.

South Africa's Charl Schwartzel finished fifth at 11-under. Schwartzel shot three straight 68s over the last three days of the tournament.

Americans Matt Every, Bryce Molder, William McGirt and George McNeil tied for sixth at 10-under.

Harris English and Brendan Steele tied for 10th at 9-under.

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