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Northern Trust Open: Rain has stopped, Couples birdies

February 19, 2011 |  2:24 pm

The sudden squall has passed and Fred Couples just birdied the par-five 11th hole. Couples, playing in his 29th Northern Trust Open at Riviera Country Club, is tied for second with Kevin Na at nine-under par.

The pro-Couples crowd (those that didn't abandon the wet ship during the rain shower) exploded with noise when Couples sank his birdie putt.

Aaron Baddeley of Australia is leading at 10-under. Baddeley bogeyed the 11th and Na bogeyed the par-four 12th hole, which is playing tougher than any so far during the tournament.

-- Diane Pucin