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February 14 2013

8:53 PM

Play suspended, Kuchar leads

PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. -- Matt Kuchar's lowest round ever at Riviera put him in an unaccustomed position at the Northern Trust Open.

Kuchar, who has never finished higher than 14th in seven previous starts here, owns a one-shot lead over Sergio Garcia after shooting a bogey-free 64 on Thursday. Kuchar, who has two top-10s in his first three starts of the season, hit 15 greens in regulation to lead the field as he eclipsed his previous best at Riviera by two strokes.

Play was suspended at 8:43 p.m. ET due to the fog that had arrived about an hour earlier and darkness setting in. The second round will begin as scheduled at 9:40 a.m. ET (6:40 PT) and the 18 players who didn't finish will complete their first rounds starting at 10:20 a.m. ET

Garcia's round of 65 was the best of the afternoon. He hit eight fairways, 12 greens and used just 25 putts.

Brandt Jobe was along in third after going out in the first group of the day and shooting 66. Red-hot rookie James Hahn, England's David Lynn and Charlie Beljan are tied for fourth after 67s.

Beljan was playing the 18th hole when play was suspended. The man who survived a severe panic attack to win the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic three-putted from the edge of the green, 43 feet away, to fall back to 4 under.

The group of 11 players shooting 68s included two-time champion Fred Couples, Lee Westwood and former U.S. Open champion Jim Furyk, who is making his 2013 PGA TOUR debut.

Defending champion Bill Haas shot a 1-under 70 while his playing partners and the men he beat in last year's playoff, Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley, opened with 71s.

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