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Johnson takes lead as McIlroy heads home

(AP) PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. - Zach Johnson, Matt Kuchar and Kevin Na share the lead going into the weekend at The Players Championship.

Tiger Woods at least gets to keep playing.

Johnson (66) and Kuchar (68), who live about 100 miles away at Sea Island, and Na (69) were at 8-under 136. They were one shot ahead of PGA Tour rookie Harris English, who birdied the 17th and 18th for a 67. English also lives at Sea Island.

Woods was in danger of missing his second straight cut until he ran off four straight birdies on his way to a 68. He was six shots behind.

Rory McIlroy, the world's No. 1, wasn't so fortunate. He shot 76 and has failed to make the cut all three times he has played the TPC Sawgrass.

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