PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif., Feb. 17 (UPI) -- Bill Haas, who lost in a playoff at the Bob Hope Classic last month, became part of a huge tie for the lead Thursday after one round of the Northern Trust Open.
The best anyone could do at the famed Riviera Country Club course in the tournament's opening round was a 4-under 67, but nine players were able to do so and there could be another co-leader before the first round is complete.
Officials suspended play because of darkness with five groups still on the course.
Among those who could not complete the round was Peter Tomasulo, who -- when the action resumes Friday -- will be looking at a 13-foot birdie putt on his closing hole that would move him into a share of the lead.
Joining Haas at 67 were John Senden, Martin Laird, Robert Allenby, Spencer Levin, Aaron Baddeley, Ben Martin, Carl Pettersson and J.B. Holmes.
Haas ranks eighth on this year's money list, having come close to capturing the Hope before falling to rookie Jhonattan Vegas in a sudden death playoff.
Among those a shot out of the lead were Padraig Harrington and Fred Couples. Geoff Ogilvy, Stuart Appleby, Matt Kuchar and Corey Pavin were among those two shots back.
Phil Mickelson and Mark Wilson, a two-time winner this year, both had an even-par 71. There were 90 players within five shots of the lead.