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Sang Moon Bae takes the early lead at Riviera, with Luke Donald showing no rust

  • Luke Donald, of England, drives on the sixth tee in the second round of the Northern Trust Open golf tournament at Riviera Country Club in the Pacific Palisades area of Los Angeles Friday, Feb. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

    Luke Donald, of England, drives on the sixth tee in the second round of the Northern Trust Open golf tournament at Riviera Country Club in the Pacific Palisades area of Los Angeles Friday, Feb. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)  (The Associated Press)

  • Luke Donald, of England, right, and Adam Scott, of Australia, watch Donald's drive on the sixth tee in the second round of the Northern Trust Open golf tournament at Riviera Country Club in the Pacific Palisades area of Los Angeles Friday, Feb. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

    Luke Donald, of England, right, and Adam Scott, of Australia, watch Donald's drive on the sixth tee in the second round of the Northern Trust Open golf tournament at Riviera Country Club in the Pacific Palisades area of Los Angeles Friday, Feb. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)  (The Associated Press)

  • Sang-Moon Bae, of South Korea, looks at his club on the sixth hole in the second round of the Northern Trust Open golf tournament at Riviera Country Club in the Pacific Palisades area of Los Angeles Friday, Feb. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

    Sang-Moon Bae, of South Korea, looks at his club on the sixth hole in the second round of the Northern Trust Open golf tournament at Riviera Country Club in the Pacific Palisades area of Los Angeles Friday, Feb. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)  (The Associated Press)

Sang-Moon Bae birdied his opening four holes Friday and kept right on going until he had the lead at the Northern Trust Open.

Bae wound up making birdies on half of his holes on a warm day at Riviera. He had a 6-under 65, and was one shot ahead of John Merrick (66) among the early starters. Bae and Merrick played in the same group.

Right behind them was Luke Donald, showing no sign of winter rust. Playing for the first time in two months, Donald has been superb was with his short game, including a delicate bunker shot in front of the 10th green for an easy birdie. He had a 66 and was two shots behind.

Sergio Garcia tumbled out of the lead late and had a 73.