Immelman overcomes in leaderboard climb


LOS ANGELES – Trevor Immelman’s strong finish Friday moved him into contention going into the weekend at the Northern Trust Open.

Immelman, the 2008 Masters champ, posted a 5-under-par 67 with four birdies in the rain over his final six holes. He tees it up Saturday tied for sixth, just three shots off the lead. He’s in surprisingly good position considering he nearly withdrew Thursday morning after enduring a bad bout of food poisoning on the eve of the tournament’s start.

Immelman, 31, is battling back from two years of health woes. He had surgery to repair torn carilage in his left wrist in October of 2009. He’s struggled to find his best form since. Immelman, who rose to No. 15 in the world after winning the Masters, has fallen to No. 294. He’s seeking his first top-10 finish in his last 35 starts, since he tied for 10th at the Tour Championship at the end of the ’08 season.