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February 17 2013

4:20 PM

Merrick joins Haas at top

PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. -- For the first time all day, Bill Haas no longer owns sole possession of the lead at the Northern Trust Open.

John Merrick, who lives in nearby Long Beach, just made a 14-footer for birdie at the 10th hole, which is playing to 312 yards today, to join Haas at 11 under. Merrick, a UCLA product who is playing in the penultimate group, is looking for his first victory in seven years at a PGA TOUR member.

Haas, who fired a brilliant 64 on Saturday, just made the turn in 1 over. Hunter Mahan, Fredrik Jacobson and Webb Simpson are one stroke behind the leaders.

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