Bae inches ahead at Riviera

Sang-Moon Bae holds a slender lead at the Northern Trust open after carding a 66 in the second round.

A first round 67 and this five-under 66 put the South Korean on nine under par for the tournament, just one stroke ahead of Australia’s Aaron Baddeley and Robert Garrigus of the United States, and if you fancy backing Bae to go on to claim the victory on Sunday, or if you fancy any of the chasing pack, check out the top sportsbooks for a guide to the best betting action online.

Interestingly, Bae was also on nine-under after two rounds and was tie for the lead in last year’s edition. However, a poor third round of 76 blew his chances of a win.

“I had a really, really solid two rounds,” said the 27-year-old. “I love this course.”

When asked what he had learnt from his experience at the Riviera Country Club in 2013, he replied:

“Patience. That’s it.”

Meanwhile, the round of the day belonged to father-to-be Jason Allred, who fired a seven under par 64 which catapulted him up the leaderboard from outside the cut line to a tie for ninth position.

“I almost didn’t come here, so I thought I might as well let it rip,” said the American.

“It’s such a unique challenge to be out there and deal with the emotion. … I told my wife a couple days ago, if I can go through this weekend and just be able to look back and say I really enjoyed it and stayed present, I’ll be happy. Thankfully, I did that.”

PGA rookie of the year Jordan Spieth also had a great round, carding 66 while 2011 Northern Trust Champion Baddeley shot a six-under 65.

Overnight leader Dustin Johnson shot 70, including three bogeys, to fall down to tie for fifth.

Former Open champion Darren Clarke withdrew from the tournament citing a recurrence of a chest injury. The 45-year-old slumped to a seven-over 78 in his first round before calling it quits.

Play was suspended late on Friday with six players still out on the course. However, they aren’t in major contention as not one of them is better than one under and all have less than two holes to play.