February 17 2013
PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. -- Hunter Mahan, who defends his title at the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship next week, has gotten into the mix at Riviera.
Mahan has birdied four of his first six holes to move to 10 under and into a tie with Fredrik Jacobson. He made a 9-foot putt at the first hole, then added a 13-footer at No. 2, a 40-footer at the fifth and anoher from 13 feet at No. 6.
Bill Haas remains in the lead at 13 under after completing five holes in the final round of his title defense.
Mahan has had a solid start to the season, finishing 16th or better in his last three starts. Interestingly, his best finish at the Northern Trust Open in seven appearances is a tie for 17th in 2009.