Cantlay extends Riviera lead; Woods begins near cut line

Patrick Cantlay hits his tee shot on the 16th hole during the second round of the Genesis Open golf tournament at Riviera Country Club Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, in the Pacific Palisades area of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ryan Kang)

LOS ANGELES (AP) Patrick Cantlay came within an inch of a hole-in-one, the start of three straight birdies that led to a 2-under 69 to build a two-shot lead among those who played early in the second round of the Genesis Open.

Cantlay was coming off a three-putt bogey when his tee shot at the par-3 sixth, the hole with a bunker in the middle of the green, landed above the flag and rolled back down the slope over the right edge of the cup. He birdied the next two holes, and then missed a 6-foot par putt on his last hole to reach 7-under 135.

Tony Finau (71) was two shots behind.

Tiger Woods played in the afternoon in warm, sunny weather. Woods was right on the cut line when he began.