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Baddeley, Couples Dueling At Riviera

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Pacific Palisades (AP) – Aaron Baddeley made only one mistake in shifting weather at Riviera, posting a 4-under 67 to grab a one-shot lead over Fred Couples and Kevin Na in the Northern Trust Open.

The 51-year-old Couples and his ailing back held up good enough in the cold and occasional rain. He made only one blunder on the par-4 10th when he chipped over the green.

He finished with a 70 to give himself a shot at winning one more time at Riviera, and becoming the oldest PGA Tour winner in nearly 36 years.

Another aging veteran also worked his way into the mix. Vijay Singh, who turns 48 on Tuesday, birdied two of his last three holes for a 67 and was only two shots behind.

Baddeley missed a 4-foot par putt on the 12th, but otherwise was solid. He is seeking his first win since 2007.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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