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February 17 2013

3:55 PM

Race tightens as back 9 beckons

PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. -- Consecutive bogeys at the seventh and eighth holes have turned Bill Haas' comfortable three-stroke lead into one.

Haas found a fairway bunker, then chunked a chip at the eighth hole, leaving himself 35 feet for par. When he two-putted for just his fourth bogey of the week, Haas dropped back to 11 under.

Charlie Beljan, Hunter Mahan, John Merrick and Fredrik Jacobsen are Haas' nearest competitors after making the turn in 32 31, 34 and 33, respectively. Webb Simpson was also at 10 under until he hit his drive at No. 8 well left and into a bush, where he had to take a drop on the way to a bogey.

Simpson is tied with playing partner Charl Schwartzel, who is even for the day, at 9 under.

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