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February 16 2013

3:04 PM

New names take over top spot

PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. -- Defending champion Bill Haas made a 26-footer at the ninth hole to move into a tie for the lead at the Northern Trust Open.

He's 8 under and tied with Charl Schwartzel and John Merrick at the top of a tightly bunched leaderboard. Schwartzel is 2 under through seven holes while Merrick, the UCLA product and Long Beach resident, eagled the first hole but bogeyed his next two and is even for the day.

The overnight co-leaders, Sang-moon Bae and Fredrik Jacobson, are one stroke off the pace now and tied with Josh Teater and Webb Simpson. Bae has bogeyed his last two holes while Jacobson gave two strokes back at the fifth hole. Teater, meanwhile, is 3 under through 10 holes while Simpson is 1 under through eight.

Keegan Bradley and Phil Mickelson, the two players Haas beat in last year's playoff, are among a big group tied at 4 under.

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