Love recorded a 4-under-par 67 to move to 7-under-par through 36 holes, one shot clear of Brandel Chamblee, who shot 68 at Riviera on Friday.
Love, who began the day two shots off the lead, made the turn in 1-under-par 34, and then birdied four of his first five holes on the back nine. Love extended his lead to two at 8-under through 15 holes, but bogeyed the par-3 16th to finish at minus-7.
The Sea Island, Ga., resident is the top contender for the unofficial $500,000 bonus for winning the West Coast Swing. Love is tied for the top spot with Brad Faxon and Ernie Els, both of whom are not competing this week.
Though he's never won in Los Angeles, Love has fared well, finishing second in 1999 and 1992; and tying for third in 1991.
His play through two rounds this week is just an extension to what has been an exceptional run in the Golden State. Three weeks ago, Love shot 63 in the final round of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am to snap an 0-for-62 winless streak on the PGA Tour. The following week, he lost in a playoff to Phil Mickelson at the Buick Invitational.
'It has been an exciting first segment,' said Love. 'I wanted to get a win real quick this year and get ready for a good year and for the spring tournaments. I am off to a good start.'
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