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Woods rallies, Johnson takes Mexico lead

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MEXICO CITY (AP) Dustin Johnson putted for birdie on every hole Friday and shot a 4-under 67, leaving him bogey-free for 36 holes and two shots ahead of Rory McIlroy and Matt Kuchar going into the weekend at the Mexico Championship.

Tiger Woods got back in the game with a 66, and one shot from a fairway bunker that dazzled the gallery. He still was six shots behind.

Johnson, who won at Chapultepec Golf Club two years ago when he was at the top of his game, was at 11-under 131.

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Fowler penalized on 'terrible' drop rule

MEXICO CITY (AP) Rickie Fowler was penalized one shot Friday in the Mexico Championship for dropping from the wrong height, a new rule he expects to be changed.

Fowler hit a shank on his second shot of the round from the 10th fairway. He got a ball from his caddie and instinctively held out his arm at shoulder-height, then played his next shot to the green. Read More...

Trahan, Lashley lead Puerto Rico Open

RIO GRANDE, Puerto Rico (AP) D.J. Trahan birdied the final hole Friday at windy Coco Beach Golf and Country Club for a 5-under 67 and a share of the second-round lead with Nate Lashley in the PGA Tour's Puerto Rico Open.

Trahan had seven birdies and two bogeys in his morning round. Read More...

Shin surges to front at LPGA Thailand

CHONBURI, Thailand (AP) South Korean golfer Jenny Shin snatched the lead at the LPGA Thailand with a birdie on the last hole of the second round at Siam Country Club Pattaya on Friday.

Shin bogeyed the sixth hole but sunk five birdies in the rest of the round, including the par-5 18th. Her round of 4-under 68 put her at 11 under overall and one shot ahead of the field. Read More...

Woods to skip Honda amid busy stretch

MEXICO CITY (AP) Tiger Woods is skipping the Honda Classic next week as he tries to figure out a busy Florida schedule leading to the Masters.

Woods has played the Honda Classic at PGA National the last four times he has been healthy dating to 2012. He finished 12th a year ago, but that was when it followed the West Coast swing and Woods was not eligible for the Mexico Championship. Read More...

Fox has long day after long trip

MEXICO CITY (AP) Playing golf on foreign soil is nothing new to Ryan Fox. He just didn't know what planet he was on Thursday in the Mexico Championship.

Fox was home in New Zealand earlier this week, fresh off a European Tour victory in the Super 6 Perth that moved him to No. 66 in the world. He had plans for a little fishing, a little wine and some practice ahead of the 100th playing of the New Zealand Open. Read More...

Spieth's dad to caddie for son in Mexico

MEXICO CITY (AP) Jordan Spieth's father decided at the last minute to come down to the Mexico Championship without realizing how much he would be needed.

Spieth's caddie had to leave Wednesday morning when his father died. Read More...

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