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Saunders takes two-shot lead at Riviera

PACIFIC PALISADES, Los Angeles — Sam Saunders, grandson of golf great Arnold Palmer, got off to a strong start at Riviera Country Club on Thursday where he's in search of a first US PGA Tour title.
Saunders fired seven birdies in a seven-under-par 64 to seize a two-stroke lead over US Open champion Dustin Johnson and four other players in a round delayed by fog and halted by darkness.
World number three Johnson, who has a chance to topple Australian Jason Day from the top of the rankings with a win this week, had six birdies and a bogey in his 66.
Day was among 48 players still on the course when darkness fell and was even through 16 after four birdies and four bogeys.
Two-time major winner Jordan Spieth was two-under through 16 and world number five Hideki Matsuyama — who like Johnson could possibly seize the number one ranking with a win, was one-under through 16.
The first round was scheduled to resume at 7 a.m., with the second to start shortly thereafter, if predicted rain storms don't intervene.
"(It's) kind of a little bit of a bonus," Saunders said of completing the round, adding that he was "mentally prepared" for the possibility that weather could prevent him from playing at all on Friday.                                                  

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