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GOLF ROUNDUP

Matt Kuchar leads after first round at Riviera

Coming off a three-week break, Matt Kuchar might not remember golf feeling this easy.

He opened with three straight birdies, all of the putts inside 3 feet. He finished with back-to-back birdies at Riviera, holing a 25-foot putt on the 18th hole for a 7-under-par 64 that gave him the first-round lead Thursday in the Northern Trust Open in Los Angeles.

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