O'Hair leads in Orlando, Vaughn Taylor in the mix

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Friday March 27, 2009

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Bay Hill was so penal on Friday that most players figured it would be difficult for anyone to shoot a low number and separate themselves from the pack. Sean O'Hair apparently didn't get the memo.

O'Hair opened with three straight birdies and didn't drop a shot until his final hole, which gave him a 5-under 65 for a three-shot lead over Jason Gore heading into the weekend at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

Augusta's Vaughn Taylor had an ace and is sitting at -2, six shots in back of O'Hair.

Tiger Woods remained in the mix for a sixth title at Bay Hill, courtesy of a short game turned a mediocre round into a 69.

Woods chipped in for birdie on his opening hole for the second straight day, holed another birdie chip on No. 8, and kept his round together with two head-turning chips to save par. He was in fifth place, five shots behind.

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