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Luke Donald two shots behind leaders at the halfway stage of the Northern Trust Open

Donald remains in the hunt in California after rising to fifth at halfway stage of Northern Trust Open

By
Steven Donaldson

PUBLISHED:

07:22 GMT, 16 February 2013

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UPDATED:

11:27 GMT, 16 February 2013

World No 3 Luke Donald put himself firmly in contention as Bae Sang-moon and Fredrik Jacobson shared the lead at the halfway stage of the Northern Trust Open in California.

England's Donald, playing his first tournament since November, produced a five-under 66 to sit seven under overall, two off the leading pair of South Korea's Bae and Sweden's Jacobson on nine under.

Donald, 18th overnight, carded seven birdies against two bogeys to end day two fifth – and he could have been in a share of third alongside Americans John Merrick and John Rollins but for a dropped shot on his penultimate hole, the par-four eighth.

Climbing the leaderboard: Luke Donald hit five under par to rise to seventh

Climbing the leaderboard: Luke Donald hit five under par to rise to seventh

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Donald told www.pgatour.com: 'Happy with my score, obviously coming off a pretty good break, you never know with how you're going to deal with being back in competition again but certainly a big improvement today, ball striking wise and my short game has been very sharp.

'I've been excited about that. It's been a big key to my score so far, and, yeah, excited to be in the mix again.'

On the top of the pile though were Jacobson and Bae, both of whom were six under for the day to climb from sixth to joint first.

Surveying the scene: Donald and his caddie John McLaren walks up to the sixth green

Surveying the scene: Donald and his caddie John McLaren walks up to the sixth green

For Jacobson it was a continuation of the form which saw him finish seventh at Pebble Beach last week.

'Obviously I take a lot out of that, just being in contention again,' Jacobson said. 'I've had some good practice sessions before, but to bring it on the course and play under pressure, that's what it's about.'

There was no room to relax, though, with a number of notable names on the heels of the top five.

Leading the way: Fredrik Jacobson shares the lead at the halfway stage

Leading the way: Fredrik Jacobson shares the lead at the halfway stage

World No 8 Lee Westwood headed up a group of three players on six under, which also included major winners Charl Schwartzel and Webb Simpson.

Overnight leader Matt Kuchar was among the players on five under having carded a two-over 73, as was defending champion Bill Haas, while Sergio Garcia, Adam Scott, Ernie Els and Phil Mickelson were all four under.

Out in front: Sang-Moon Bae is going well in California

Out in front: Sang-Moon Bae is going well in California

Among the remainder of the British contingent, Brian Davis (three under), Greg Owen (two under), David Lynn (one under) and Ross Fisher (one over) all made the cut, but Martin Laird and Graeme McDowell missed out.

Other big names to miss the cut included Dustin Johnson, Padraig Harrington, Mike Weir, Zach Johnson, Geoff Ogilvy, Bubba Watson and Lucas Glover.

Danny Willett and Marc Leishman move up Tour rankings

Willett and Leishman zoom up Tour rankings after heroics in Cologne and Connecticut

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UPDATED:

13:23 GMT, 25 June 2012

England's Danny Willett and Australian Marc Leishman have both made huge leaps up the world rankings after their weekend wins.

Willett is up from 204th to 115th following his first European Tour success at the BMW International Open in Cologne, while Leishman moves from 160th to 78th thanks to his maiden PGA Tour victory at the Travelers Championship in Connecticut.

Leishman came from six shots back with a closing 62 and had to wait two hours to discover if it was good enough.

Things are looking up: Willett and Leishman profited from wins

Things are looking up: Willett and Leishman profited from wins

Things are looking up: Willett and Leishman profited from wins

American Charley Hoffman was the likely winner until he double-bogeyed the 17th and bogeyed the last to drop to joint second with Masters champion Bubba Watson.

It might have been an Australian double, but Willett beat Marcus Fraser at the fourth hole of a play-off.

Latest leading positions in the world golf rankings

1. Luke Donald 9.96pts, 2 Rory McIlroy 8.89, 3 Lee Westwood 8.33, 4 Tiger
Woods 6.70, 5 Webb Simpson 6.62, 6 Bubba Watson 6.25, 7 Matt Kuchar
5.91, 8 Jason Dufner 5.75, 9 Justin Rose 5.61, 10 Hunter Mahan 5.41. 11 Graeme McDowell 5.16, 12 Steve Stricker 5.03, 13 Dustin Johnson 4.89,
14 Phil Mickelson 4.86, 15 Martin Kaymer 4.84, 16 Adam Scott 4.68, 17
Charl Schwartzel 4.60, 18 Zach Johnson 4.58, 19 Rickie Fowler 4.49, 20
Louis Oosthuizen 4.49.

Other leading Europeans: 22 Sergio Garcia, 25 Peter Hanson, 28 Ian
Poulter, 29 Paul Lawrie, 34 Francesco Molinari, 36 Nicolas Colsaerts, 37
Thomas Bjorn, 38 Martin Laird, 40 Carl Pettersson, 42 Fredrik Jacobson,
44 Alvaro Quiros, 46 Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, 48 Simon Dyson, 49
Robert Karlsson, 55 Rafael Cabrera Bello, 56 Anders Hansen, 59 Robert
Rock, 60 Paul Casey, 64 Matteo Manassero, 69 Padraig Harrington, 71
Miguel Angel Jimenez, 81 Darren Clarke, 83 Brian Davis, 86 Pablo
Larrazabal, 87 Joost Luiten, 90 Alexander Noren, 94 Michael Hoey, 97
Richie Ramsay, 99 Bernd Wiesberger.

Travelers Championship: Live leaderboard

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Freddie Jacobson posted 20 under par to win the Travelers Championship in 2011

Freddie Jacobson posted 20 under par to win the Travelers Championship in 2011

Matt Every lights up Texas Open with record start

Flawless Every lights up Texas Open with record start

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UPDATED:

00:09 GMT, 20 April 2012

Matt Every shot a new course record to take a three-shot lead after the opening round of the Valero Texas Open.

The 28-year-old American lit up TPC
San Antonio with a flawless nine-under-par 63 to break the previous
course mark, held by Ryan Palmer and Scott Piercy in 2010, by a single
stroke.

Matt finish: Every, left, and his wife, Danielle, centre, hitch a ride in a golf cart following the first round

Matt finish: Every, left, and his wife, Danielle, centre, hitch a ride in a golf cart following the first round

Every set up his low round, which defied the tough conditions, with a hat-trick of birdies after starting on the back nine.

After reaching the turn in 31 the Floridian picked up four more strokes on the way home to card nine birdies.

'It was good,' Every said. 'Man, it was fun. I got a couple of breaks in the middle of the round to keep it going and I end up with 63.'

Hunter Haas is Every's closest challenger after the Texan eagled the par-five 18th to ensure he was clear in second place with a round of 66.

The 35-year-old was also bogey-free, picking up four strokes through 11 holes, before highlighting his round at the last after hitting a three wood to within five feet.

Water hazard: Tim Petrovic negotiates a stream on the 18th hole as he looks for his ball that landed in the water

Water hazard: Tim Petrovic negotiates a stream on the 18th hole as he looks for his ball that landed in the water

Ben Curtis was on his own in third after his opening 67 with a group of five players a stroke behind on four under.

Sweden's Fredrik Jacobson was amongst them to break up an otherwise all-American top to the leaderboard that also included Cameron Beckman, Jason Gore, Troy Matteson and Derek Lamely.

Defending champion Brendan Steele endured a torrid day as he shot a 73, including double bogey at the par four fourth, as he failed to shake off his poor recent form.

The 28-year-old has failed to build on his rookie-year success of a year ago and has missed his previous three cuts, most recently at the Masters.

Kevin Na, who memorably took 16 at the ninth last year, returned to par the hole but he could only muster an eight-over 79 to already be out of contention.