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March 11 2011

11:50 PM

Wind was major factor in Round 2

DORAL, Fla. -- The story of the second round was, without a doubt, the wind. How much of a difference did it make from Thursday to Friday? Martin Kaymer, who’s tied for second at 8 under with Francesco Molinari and one shot back of Hunter Mahan, said it was at least a four or five-shot difference.

While the wind actually lessened a bit as the day went on, it wasn’t exactly easy to score. The average for the second round was 72.379 -- more than 1 1/2 strokes higher than in the opening round.

Mahan, who played his first 11 holes of the opening round in 7 under on Thursday, was just 1 under through his final seven holes of the delayed first round on Friday morning. He followed that with a 71 in the afternoon, and no one caught him.

While Mahan leads, he still has plenty of company right behind him -- 13 players are within four shots heading to the weekend. Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Graeme McDowell aren’t among them, however.

McDowell is eight shots back, while Woods and Mickelson are nine off the pace. -- Brian Wacker

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