Max Homa took the lead towards the weekend, scoring an under-68 three-pointer at Friday’s Genesis Invitational.

After sharing the lead with Keith Mitchell at the end of the opening lap, Homa relied on a spate of birds on his turn on his second outing around The Riviera Country Club to gain a one-shot advantage.

This American He battled a pair of early bogeys to take the shots in the ninth, 10th, 11th and 13th places, scoring an overall under 10.

Meanwhile, Mitchell remains hot at nine six, right after Homa. Jon Rahm and Lee Hodges.

Northern Ireland Rory McIlroy It fell a little at 69 on Friday, but remains on the hunt for under six.

McIlroy’s victory will see Scottie Scheffler overhaul him as world number one regardless of the outcome, as long as the American doesn’t finish in the top 25 or Rahm wins or isn’t fully second, third place will be good enough for him.

of England Danny Willett one more shot behind when he was a citizen Tommy Fleetwood and Irishman Shane Lowry are among a quarter of the cast.

Round two will resume early Saturday after the game has been suspended due to darkness.