Gary Wood­land shoots 65, leads OHL Clas­sic

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PLAYA DEL CAR­MEN:

Gary Wood­land birdied three of the fi­nal four holes Fri­day for a 6-un­der 65 and a one-stroke lead in the PGA Tour’s OHL Clas­sic at Mayakoba.

Wood­land played the first 36 holes with­out a bo­gey, fol­low­ing an open­ing 64 to get to 13-un­der 129 on Mayakoba’s Greg Nor­man-de­signed El Ca­ma­leon course. He won the last of his two tour ti­tles in 2013.

“I haven’t been here since my rookie year, so it’s been since 2009,” Wood­land said. “The golf course is in great shape. It sets up good for me. I can hit a lot of irons off the tees, lay back a lit­tle bit. The whole deal is to keep the ball in the fair­way and then at­tack from there.” d.” Mar­ried last month, Wood­land took last week and worked with in­struc­tor Butch Har­mon off open­ing the new sea­son in Malaysia and China.

“It was nice to have an off week last week,” Wood­land said. “Went out and spent some time with Butch. Af­ter the wed­ding, kind of got a lit­tle rusty. Took some time off, but nice to get back in the swing of things. Very com­fort­able with where I’m at right now.” Webb Simp­son was sec­ond af­ter his sec­ond straight 65.

Scott Piercy had a 6 to reach 11 un­der. He tied for third in the sea­son opener at Sil­ver­ado. “Just kind of plod­ding along and try­ing to pick up birdies where I can and kind of keep the score­card pretty clean,” Piercy said. “Felt pretty good. Just try­ing to pick up some mar­bles on the way and count them at the end of the week and see where we fall.”

First-round leader Chris Kirk fol­lowed his open­ing 63 with a 70 to drop into a tie for fourth at 9 un­der with lo­cal fa­vorite Abra­ham Ancer (68), Rus­sell Knox (65), Charles How­ell III (64), Ben Martin (64), John Huh (66) and Adam Had­win (66).

Marc Leish­man ea­gled the par-5 sev­enth and fol­lowed with a hole-in-one on the 134yard, hit­ting a sand wedge for 134 yards. The Aus­tralian was 7 un­der af­ter a 65.

“One-hopped past it and spun back into the hole,” Leish­man said. “Same thing on 8. High sand wedge and landed about a yard past it and zipped back into the hole. It was first hole in one I’ve had on tour. I’ve had quite a few oth­ers just in prac­tice rounds and that, but that’s al­ways nice to see it drop in.” De­fend­ing cham­pion Graeme McDow­ell ral­lied to make the cut by a stroke, fol­low­ing an open­ing 75 with a 65 to get to 2 un­der.

Jim Furyk missed the cut, shooting 74-70 in his first event of the new sea­son. — AP

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