- Associated Press - Friday, November 13, 2015

PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico (AP) - Graeme McDowell, determined to get his game turned around, saw more results Friday when he ran off seven birdies in an eight-hole stretch Friday for an 8-under 63 and a one-shot lead in the OHL Classic at Mayakoba.

McDowell relied on his strengths - hitting fairways and making putts - to close out the back nine with three straight birdies. After a bogey on No. 1, he bounced back with four straight birdies to take the lead in the morning at El Camaleon Golf Club.

No one caught him in the afternoon.

Derek Fathauer made four birdies over his last seven holes for a 66 to get within one shot of McDowell. PGA Tour rookie Harold Varner III birdied four of his last five holes for a 62 to join Si Woo Kim (64) two shots behind.

McDowell was at 12-under 130.

McDowell typically plays the European Tour this time of the year as it wraps up the Race to Dubai. But the 36-year-old from Northern Ireland had such a mediocre season that he returned to America to get a head start on the new PGA Tour season. So far, the decision is paying off.

LORENA OCHOA INVITATIONAL

MEXICO CITY (AP) - Minjee Lee shot her second straight 3-under 69 to take a one-stroke lead over four players in the LPGA Tour’s Lorena Ochoa Invitational.

The 19-year-old Australian player two-putted from 50 feet on the par-5 17th for the last of her six birdies at tree-lined Club de Golf Mexico. She won at Kingsmill in May for her first LPGA Tour title.

Second-ranked Inbee Park, defending champion Christina Kim, Angela Stanford and rookie of the year Sei Young Kim were tied for second in the 36-player event. Park, the first-round leader, had a 71. Christina Kim and Sei Young Kim each shot 66, and Stanford had a 70.

Park is making her first start since withdrawing in China two weeks ago because of a cyst on her left middle finger. The South Korean star has four victories this season, winning two of the five majors.

Sei Young Kim, also from South Korea, won the event in China for her third victory of the season.

BMW MASTERS

SHANGHAI (AP) - Denmark’s Lucas Bjerregaard birdied three of his last four holes for a 6-under 66 and a three-stroke lead in the BMW Masters.

Bjerregaard had a 12-under 132 total at Lake Malaren. Spain’s Sergio Garia, the first-round leader, shot a 71 to drop into a tie second with Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee (68).

The event is the third of four in the European Tour’s Finals Series. The DP World Tour Championship is next week in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

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