ORLANDO - With his first PGA Tour lead in 67 starts, Morgan Hoffmann played Friday as if he wanted to keep it in the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

Hoffman made birdies on half of his holes for a 7-under-par 65, giving him a 131 and a 3-shot lead over Henrik Stenson, Harris English, and defending champion Matt Every going into the weekend on Bay Hill.

Stenson, English, and Every each had a 66.

Rory McIlroy also got into the mix - finally - by making five straight birdies on his back nine for a 66, his first sub-70 score in three PGA Tour events this year. He was 5 shots behind and headed in the right direction in his final start before the Masters.

Bay Hill has greens that are so stressed they will be replaced this summer. They are slow and receptive, a recipe for low scoring.

Hoffmann was at 13-under 131, one short of the 36-hole record at Bay Hill.

The cut was at 142, matching the lowest score to make the cut in 27 years at Bay Hill. Sean O'Hair was at 137.


PHOENIX - Ha Na Jang topped the crowded leader board when darkness ended play in the JTBC Founders Cup.

Jang birdied her final four holes to reach 11 under with seven holes left in the second round. She opened with a 4-under 68 Thursday at Desert Ridge.

Fellow South Korean player Hyo Joo Kim was a stroke back.

Champions Tour

TUCSON, Ariz. - Jerry Smith had a hole-in-one and shot a 7-under 65 to take the first-round lead in the inaugural Tucson Conquistadores Classic.

The 50-year-old Smith used a 5-iron on the 212-yard seventh hole - his 16th hole of the day - on Tucson National's Catalina Course.