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Northern Trust Open: Steve Stricker starts out well, J.B. Holmes ties Fred Couples for lead

February 18, 2011 | 12:56 pm

Defending champion Steve Stricker has started out birdie-birdie and is at even so far.

First-round co-leader J.B. Holmes just made a five-foot birdie putt on the 17th, for his third birdie in a row to tie Fred Couples for the lead at eight under.

-- Diane Pucin