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February 17 2012

7:31 PM

Walker surges with 66

PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. -- Jimmy Walker birdied his final hole on Friday for a round of 66 that once again has the Texan contending at the Northern Trust Open.

Walker, who tied for fourth a year ago at Riviera on the strength of a closing 68, tapped in from 23 inches for the final birdie to move to 4 under for the tournament. He shot a sizzling 31 on the front nine, which was his second of the day.

When he finished, Walker was the leader in the clubhouse -- two strokes off the pace being set by Carl Pettersson and Phil Mickelson. He opened with consecutive birdies, then made his only bogey of the day when he three-putted No. 12  before really getting untracked on the front nine.

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