Bae Sang-moon is off to another great start at the Northern Trust Open in Los Angeles. The next step is a better finish.
Bae played bogey-free on another gorgeous day at Riviera for a 5-under-par 66, giving him a one-shot lead over Aaron Baddeley and Robert Garrigus when Friday’s second round was suspended by darkness.
Baddeley, who won at Riviera three years ago, birdied his last four holes for a 65. Garrigus had a 67.
Dustin Johnson, who led after the opening round at 5 under, opened with two birdies but never got any closer. He had a 70 and joined Jim Furyk (68) among those three shots behind.
Bae was at 9-under 133. He was tied for the lead last year going into the weekend at Riviera but fell from contention.
LPGA — Caroline Hedwall had a hole-in-one and finished with a 7-under 65 to take the second-round lead in the Women’s Australian Open in Melbourne.
The Swedish Solheim Cup star aced the 160-yard, par-3 16th, eagled the par-5 eighth after hitting to 4 feet, and had five birdies and two bogeys at Victoria Golf Club to reach 11-under 133, one shot ahead of second-ranked Suzann Pettersen (68).
Australian amateur Minjee Lee was 9 under after a 67.
Anna Nordqvist had the round of the day, a 64 that broke the women’s course record. She was tied for fourth at 8 under with 16-year-old New Zealander Lydia Ko (68) and Holly Clyburn (68).
Champions — Defending champion Bernhard Langer shot an 8-under 64 to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the ACE Group Classic in Naples, Fla. Bob Tway was second after recording birdies on his last three holes.
Langer birdied his first three holes in his bogey-free round on TwinEagles’ Talon Course. The 56-year-old German star won the 2011 tournament and finished second behind Kenny Perry in 2012. Langer won the season-opening event in Hawaii last month for his 19th Champions Tour title.
Olin Browne opened with a 66, and Duffy Waldorf and Kirk Triplett both shot 67. Waldorf is coming off a playoff loss to Michael Allen on Sunday in Boca Raton in the Allianz Championship.
European — American John Hahn had six birdies and an eagle in his back nine for a 10-under 61 to lead the Africa Open in East London, South Africa, by two shots before the second round was postponed by bad light. Hahn did finish after a morning rain delay, and took just 28 strokes to go 16 under. He surged two shots ahead of first-round leader Ricardo Santos (66).