Kuchar leads at Riviera

  • Posted: Friday, February 15, 2013 12:23 a.m.

LOS ANGELES — Matt Kuchar finished just as strong as he started Thursday and made it look easy in the Northern Trust Open.

Kuchar opened with three straight birdies, all of them putts inside 3 feet, and finished with back-to-back birdies at Riviera for a 7-under 64 that gave him a two-shot lead among the early starters in the Northern Trust Open.

Brandt Jobe ran off four straight birdies late in his round before a bogey on the 18th forced him to settle for a 66.

Ko leads Women’s Australian Open

CANBERRA, Australia — Teen star Lydia Ko shot a 10-under 63 on Thursday to take the early lead in the first round of the LPGA Tour’s season-opening Women’s Australian Open.

The 15-year-old amateur won the New Zealand Women’s Open on Sunday for her third victory in a professional tournament.

Last year, Ko won the New South Wales Open to become the youngest player to win a pro tour event and the Canadian Open to become the youngest LPGA Tour winner. She also won the U.S. Women’s Amateur.

Ko opened with a bogey on the 10th hole, birdied the next four holes and eagled the par-5 15th. She bogeyed the 16th and birdied Nos. 17-18 to make the turn at 6-under 30 at Royal Canberra. She added birdies on Nos. 2-4 and 6, dropped a stroke on No. 8 and closed with her 11th birdie of the day.

Colombia’s Mariajo Uribe was a stroke back with half the field still on the course.

Top-ranked Yani Tseng, the winner at Commonwealth in 2010 and 2011, had a 68. Michelle Wie shot a 74.

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