DORAL, Fla. — Hunter Mahan stretched his lead to four shots Friday in the Cadillac Championship until he stumbled with a pair of bogeys toward the end of his second round, had to settle for a 1-under 71 and suddenly had the No. 1 player right on his heels.
PGA champion Martin Kaymer, in his second week atop the world ranking, played bogey-free in a steady breeze for a 70 that put him one shot behind Mahan and in the final group, a position that is becoming familiar.
Mahan was at 9-under 135.
Francesco Molinari, going after his second World Golf Championship, had a 68 and joined Kaymer at 8 under.
Mahan brought more than Kaymer back into the game. Dropping those two shots — one of them one a long three-putt at the 14th, the other on a poor tee shot at the 16th — brought a host of others into the mix on the Blue Monster. Rory McIlroy (69), Matt Kuchar (69) and Nick Watney (70) were among those two shots behind, while Dustin Johnson (69) and Adam Scott (70) were another stroke back.
Tiger Woods, a three-time winner at Doral, was not among them. Neither was Phil Mickelson.
Woods again struggled with his putter, missing four birdie putts inside 10 feet and looking bad at the end. A pair of 6-foot birdie attempts at the 16th and 18th holes never had much of a chance and he wound up with a 74, nine shots behind. Even so, the lasting image of Woods will be a pair of tee shots.
He hit a smother hook with the driver on the second hole, which traveled only 122 yards — about the same distance he typically hits a sand wedge. Then came a pop-up on the 14th hole and a 188-yard drive.
Mickelson dropped three shots when he returned to finish the storm-delayed first round, including two shots in the water on the par-5 eighth for a double bogey that led to 73. He had a 71 in the second round.
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. — Nick Price has matched the lowest round in Champions Tour history, eagling two of final four holes for an 11-under 60 in the Toshiba Classic.
Seeking his fourth victory on the 50-and-over tour, Price eagled the par-5 15th and 18th holes and had seven birdies in a bogey-free round at Newport Beach Country Club.
Tom Purtzer shot a 60 in the 2004 event. Isao Aoki (1997 Emerald Coast Classic), Walter Morgan (2002 AT&T Canada Senior Open), Bruce Fleisher (2002 RJR Championship), Jim Thorpe (2003 Long Island Classic) and Craig Stadler (2005 Blue Angels Classic) also have shot 60 on the tour.
Price had a five-stroke lead over Bernhard Langer, Mark O’Meara, Mark Wiebe and Brad Bryant. Defending champion Fred Couples opened with a 66.
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RIO GRANDE, Puerto Rico — Chris Tidland shot a 9-under 63 for a share of the second-round lead in the Puerto Rico Open with James Driscoll and Troy Matteson.
Tidland had nine birdies in a bogey-free round at Trump International Golf Club-Puerto Rico to match the course record set by Derek Lamely in his victory last year and tied by Driscoll on Thursday.
Matteson shot his second straight 67, and Driscoll had a 71 to join Tidland at 10 under. Stephen Ames (66), George McNeill (66) and Hunter Haas (68) were 9 under.