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Bae Sang-moon takes early lead at Riviera, and a chance to atone for last year

  • Charlie Beljan signals to his right after his tee shot the 12th hole during the second round of the Northern Trust Open golf tournament at Riviera Country Club in the Pacific Palisades area of Los Angeles, Friday, Feb. 14, 2014.  (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

    Charlie Beljan signals to his right after his tee shot the 12th hole during the second round of the Northern Trust Open golf tournament at Riviera Country Club in the Pacific Palisades area of Los Angeles, Friday, Feb. 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)  (The Associated Press)

  • Sang-Moon Bae, of South Korea, waves after saving par on the 12th green during the second round of the Northern Trust Open golf tournament at Riviera Country Club in the Pacific Palisades area of Los Angeles Friday, Feb. 14, 2014.  (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

    Sang-Moon Bae, of South Korea, waves after saving par on the 12th green during the second round of the Northern Trust Open golf tournament at Riviera Country Club in the Pacific Palisades area of Los Angeles Friday, Feb. 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)  (The Associated Press)

  • Fred Couples hits from the second tee during the second round of the Northern Trust Open golf tournament at Riviera Country Club in the Pacific Palisades area of Los Angeles Friday, Feb. 14, 2014.  (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

    Fred Couples hits from the second tee during the second round of the Northern Trust Open golf tournament at Riviera Country Club in the Pacific Palisades area of Los Angeles Friday, Feb. 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)  (The Associated Press)

Bae Sang-moon is off to another great start at the Northern Trust Open. The next step is a better finish.

Bae played bogey-free on another gorgeous day at Riviera for a 5-under 66. Among the early starters Friday, he had a one-shot lead over Aaron Baddeley.

Baddeley birdied his last four holes for a 65.

Dustin Johnson, who led after the opening round at 66, played in the afternoon.

Bae was at 9-under 133. He was tied for the lead going into the weekend at Riviera last year only to post a 76 on Saturday. He called that a good experience — the South Korean won a few months later in the Byron Nelson Championship — and believes he will play well the next two days.