PGA Tour news: Max Homa edges ahead at Genesis Invitational as Jon Rahm lurks again

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After sharing the lead with Keith Mitchell at the close of the opening round, Homa relied on a flurry of birdies at the turn in his second trip around The Riviera Country Club to claim a solo one-stroke advantage. The American battled through a pair of early bogeys to pick up shots on the ninth, 10th, 11th and 13th en route to an overall score of 10 under. "I was really proud that was the first time I've been leading after day one and I played a good round of golf," Homa said. "Whether I was leading or not didn't really matter, long way to go, but that was cool." Meanwhile, Rahm, who has two wins and three top-10s in his last five starts, shares second place just a stroke behind alongside Mitchell and Lee Hodges. The Spaniard, who has a chance to regain the world number one ranking from American Scottie Scheffler with a win this week, had two eagles in his three-under-par 68. Rahm also had an amazing bit of fortune on the course on Friday when his approach shot from the fairway at the par-5 17th sailed over the green and struck a grandstand before bouncing back and settled less than four feet from the pin for an easy eagle. "Obviously I got very fortunate to get that bounce not only to go on the green, but to have basically three feet straight up the hill," Rahm said. "That's arguably the best bounce I've seen in person my whole golf career and it would be hard to beat in the future." Two-time major winner Collin Morikawa lies a further stroke back on eight under followed by Patrick Cantlay a shot adrift.

Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy fell back a bit on Friday with a 69, however he remains in the hunt on six under par. Victory for McIlroy would see him overhaul Scheffler as world number one regardless of the latter's result, while outright third place would be good enough for him unless the American finishes in the top 25 or Rahm wins or is outright second. Tiger Woods had a tougher time of it in his second round back in action, following up his impressive opening 69 with a three-over-par 74. Woods drove it solidly enough but blamed his cold putter for failing to get anything going on the day.

He's just about projected to make the cut by one stroke but lies 11 shots off Homa's pace.

"I did not putt well today," Woods said. "I blocked a lot of putts early and this is probably the highest score I could have shot today. "I probably should have shot five or six better than this, easily." The second round will resume early on Saturday after play was suspended due to darkness.

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