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Thomas leads by one shot

Thomas leads by one shot

Thomas and Scott both completed six-under-par 65s in the second round on Saturday, having finished the remaining six holes of that round.

He rolled in a five-foot birdie putt at the 10th, followed that up with a 10-footer for eagle at 11, a 21-foot birdie at 12 and a 10-footer at 13.

A lesser player might have felt the heat. Play was halted when he was on the 17th hole (his eighth) on Saturday night, and he returned early Sunday morning to add an eagle at the par-5 first (his 10th) and a bogey at the eighth.

"I'm looking forward to tomorrow", he said. Early, early mornings. We were warming up before the sun came up and finishing up when the sun was down. "I wouldn't trade it for anything". J.B. Holmes won at 14 under.

McIlroy bounced back from a one-over opening round to shoot a bogey-free 63 on Sunday, vaulting himself into contention despite being on the wrong end of the draw. Rory McIlroy was a bit further down the leaderboard at eight under, where he's joined by Tony Finau and Paul Casey. No one has completed the third round, which did not start until mid-Saturday afternoon as the seven-hour delay to start the tournament on Thursday continues to play havoc with the playing schedule.

As it turned out, even-par 142 was good enough to make the cut, but that's wasn't a certainty when Woods finished Saturday with half of the 144-player field still playing after Friday's round was suspended due to darkness. He thought he needed a birdie to survive the cut, a prospect made more hard by an approach shot that finished 24 feet above the flag. "But I played really, really well and I'm just glad that I didn't let the conditions get to me mentally". "I'm right in the mix".

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"I'll probably get up about 2 or 3 (a.m.) and start the process (of preparing)". He'll then try to get up-and-down for par on the par-5 17th; he opted not to finish the hole as sunlight waned. But as Woods noted, six 3-putts is not going to get it done.

"Can't get any worse than it was the first day; four 3-putts is as bad as a human being can putt". He also was up before dawn Friday to get ready to start his opening round.

"Yeah, it's going to be 30-something [holes]", Scott said earlier. "You want to be out there and play as many as you can while you're hot".

Still, he's likely to avoid missing the cut for the second straight year at this iconic Los Angeles layout.

Australia's Marc Leishman is tied with Woods at six under, while Aaron Baddeley (two under) and Cameron Smith (one under) round out the Australian contingent who made the 36-hole cut. "Conditions were tough in the beginning, which was good for me since guys weren't doing much around the golf course".

That's a few hours later than planned, but they all count the same.