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February 15 2013

3:22 PM

Bae leads; Merrick, Donald chasing

PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. -- Sang-moon Bae birdied half the holes he played at Riviera on Friday morning and was rewarded with a one-stroke lead when he finished off a round of 65.

The 26-year-old Bae, who is playing his second full season on the PGA TOUR, has completed 36 holes at 9 under. Former UCLA standout John Merrick is alone in second after shooting a 66.

World No. 3 Luke Donald made a big move up the leaderboard with a round of 66 that brought him to 7 under, which is where the first-round leader, Mat Kuchar finished the opening 18 holes. Kuchar teed off at 3:12 p.m. ET.

Also climbing the leaderboard on a sun-kissed Friday morning were Charl Schwartzel, Webb Simpson and Monday qualifier Blayne Barber, who are tied right now at 6 under. Schwartzel shot 67 and Simpson a 66 in the second round.

Barber is 4 under through 13 holes. He disqualified himself six days after the first stage of q-school was completed last year after realizing he assessed himself an incorrect penalty and as a result had signed an incorrect scorecard.

Barber has no status on either the Web.com Tour or PGA TOUR and is playing the mini-tours. A top-10 finish this week would get him into the next full-field event on TOUR, which is The Honda Classic.

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