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Gary Woodland leads PGA Tour's OHL Classic at Mayakoba

PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico — Gary Woodland birdied three of the final four holes Friday for 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 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.

"The golf course is in great shape. It sets up good for me," he said. "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."

Married last month, Woodland, 32, took last week to work with instructor Butch Harmon off opening the new season in Malaysia and China.

Webb Simpson (65) was second, and Scott Piercy (66) was 11 under. First-round leader Chris Kirk followed his opening 63 with 70 to drop into a tie for fourth at 9 under.

Champions: Paul Goydos shot 8-under 62 in windy conditions to take a three-stroke lead in the first round of the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship at Scottsdale, Ariz. Colin Montgomerie, third in the Schwab Cup season standings, was second. Points leader Bernhard Langer topped the group of four at 67. The top five in the season standings — the others are Scott McCarron (69), Joe Durant (70) and Miguel Angel Jimenez (74) — can take the season title with a victory Sunday.

LPGA: First-round co-leader Sarah Jane Smith shot 4-under 68 to take a two-stroke lead outright at 9-under 135 in the Lorena Ochoa Invitational at Mexico City. Gaby Lopez had 65 to match Mi Jung Hur (66) and Mariajo Uribe (67) at 7 under in the 30-player event. Carlota Ciganda, tied for the lead with Smith after a first-round 67, had 72 and was in a group at 5 under.

PGA Europe: Alex Noren shot 5-under 67 to take a two-shot lead at 8-under 136 in the Nedbank Golf Challenge in Sun City, South Africa, as European Tour money leader Henrik Stenson fell off the pace. Five players, including 2010 British Open champion Louis Oosthuizen (66), were two shots behind. Stenson was one off the lead after the opening round but shot 2-over 74 for 1 under overall and a tie for 17th. He needs a win to wrap up the Race to Dubai title. Of the three first-round leaders, Ross Fisher (72) was 4 under, Jeunghun Wang (73) was 3 under and Felipe Aguilar (75) was 1 under.

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