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McIlroy opens with 63 as Woods struggles

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MEXICO CITY (AP) - Rory McIlroy flirted with a hole-in-one on the same par 4 where Tiger Woods hit out-of-bounds with his first shot in Mexico.

That's about how their days went Thursday in the Mexico Championship.

McIlroy, already off to a solid start on the back nine, hit a 2-iron on the 305-yard opening hole at Chapultepec Golf Club that landed on the front of the green and was rolling just left of the pin when it settled 6 feet away, leading to an eagle that carried him to an 8-under 63 and a one-shot lead over Dustin Johnson.

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Woods to skip Honda amid busy stretch

MEXICO CITY (AP) Tiger Woods is skipping the Honda Classic next week as he tries to figure out a busy Florida schedule leading to the Masters.

Woods has played the Honda Classic at PGA National the last four times he has been healthy dating to 2012. He finished 12th a year ago, but that was when it followed the West Coast swing and Woods was not eligible for the Mexico Championship. Read More...

Fox has long day after long trip

MEXICO CITY (AP) Playing golf on foreign soil is nothing new to Ryan Fox. He just didn't know what planet he was on Thursday in the Mexico Championship.

Fox was home in New Zealand earlier this week, fresh off a European Tour victory in the Super 6 Perth that moved him to No. 66 in the world. He had plans for a little fishing, a little wine and some practice ahead of the 100th playing of the New Zealand Open. Read More...

Spieth's dad to caddie for son in Mexico

MEXICO CITY (AP) Jordan Spieth's father decided at the last minute to come down to the Mexico Championship without realizing how much he would be needed.

Spieth's caddie had to leave Wednesday morning when his father died. Read More...

Romero shoots 66, leads in Puerto Rico

RIO GRANDE, Puerto Rico (AP) Andres Romero shot a 6-under 66 in windy conditions Thursday to take the first-round lead in the PGA Tour's Puerto Rico Open.

Romero birdied three of his last five holes in a bogey-free round at Coco Beach Golf and Country Club. Read More...

Stricker named US captain for Ryder Cup

Steve Stricker paid his dues to become a Ryder Cup captain, and it had nothing to do with winning a major.

He didn't make his first team until he was 41 in the 2008 matches at Valhalla, a rare U.S. victory, and played in two more. He spent the next six years in the back room as an assistant captain to Tom Watson, Davis Love III and Jim Furyk, and he was captain of the formidable U.S. team at the 2017 Presidents Cup. Read More...

Eun-Hee Ji leads LPGA Thailand after 63

CHONBURI, Thailand (AP) Eun-Hee Ji of South Korea led the LPGA Thailand by two shots after opening with a 9-under-par 63 on Thursday.

Ji won her fifth U.S. LPGA Tour title in her previous event last month, the season-opening Tournament of Champions in Florida. Read More...