Ten years after Robert Allenby won a six-man playoff at Riviera, he was part of a nine-way tie for the lead Thursday in the Northern Trust Open in Los Angeles.
Allenby kept it simple on a gorgeous day along Sunset Boulevard with a 4-under-par 67 that turned out to be enough for a share of the lead when former Ryder Cup captain Corey Pavin faltered late.
It was the highest score to lead after one round at Riviera in 15 years.
Also atop the leaderboard when play was suspended by darkness were John Senden, Martin Laird, Spencer Levin, Aaron Baddeley, Ben Martin, Bill Haas, Carl Pettersson and J.B. Holmes.
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Meanwhile, Bubba Watson was forced to pull out of the tournament because of a strained stomach muscle.
And in the day’s most bizarre incident, Dustin Johnson was assessed a two-stroke penalty for being late to the first tee after his caddie was mistaken on the starting time. Johnson, who was 10 seconds from being disqualified, finished with a 2-over 73 and was six shots behind the leaders.
South Korea’s In-Kyung Kim tied a course record with a 9-under-par 63 for the first- round lead of the season-opening LPGA Thailand event in Pattaya.