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Rain doesn't dampen Johnson, Stricker

LOS ANGELES — Dustin Johnson made a hole-in-one and Steve Stricker had seven birdies to brighten an otherwise dreary day at rainy Riviera and end the unfinished second round atop the leaderboard Friday at the Northern Trust Open.

Johnson had two holes left when play in the PGA Tour event was halted by darkness. At 10-under 132 after making his lone bogey on the 15th, Johnson was to return today to face the par-5 17th and the 473-yard closing hole at Riviera, which was playing so long in the cold and rain that some players barely reached the green with a 3-wood.

Darkness came early because of the gray clouds, and completing the second round in such conditions was impossible. Forty-one players didn't finish.

Stricker, playing in a morning rain that never relented, chipped in for birdie on the 18th and nearly made an ace on No. 4 when his hybrid from 230 yards lipped out. He shot 6-under 65 and was at 10-under 132.

"I'm very happy to be done with the round, to tell you the truth," Stricker said. "It was pretty miserable out there."

Phil Mickelson, trying to become the first player to win three straight years at Riviera, had 66 and was at 4-under 138.

European: Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand shot 6-under 66 to take a one-shot, second-round lead at 8-under 136 at the Dubai Desert Classic in the United Arab Emirates. A double bogey on the last hole left first-round leader Rory McIlroy (70) among five players two shots back. Tom Watson (70) trailed by five. Colin Montgomerie (76) fell 11 strokes back.

Rain doesn't dampen Johnson, Stricker 02/05/10 [Last modified: Friday, February 5, 2010 9:47pm]
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