Bill Haas wanted to atone for the way he finished his opening round. He did that and more Friday and was tied for the lead in the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Orlando, Fla.
That sure wasn’t the case for Tiger Woods.
One shot out of the lead with three holes to play, Woods closed with three sloppy bogeys to fall 4 shots behind going into the weekend. That makes the chore a little more difficult in his bid to defend his title at Bay Hill and return to No. 1 in the world.
Haas not only kept bogeys off his card, but also his longest putt for par was no more than 4 feet in a clean round of 6-under 66.
He was tied with Justin Rose, who was poised to take the outright lead until he was fooled by the speed of the greens after late afternoon showers and finished with a three-putt bogey for a 70.
They were at 9-under 135, 1 shot ahead of John Huh, who had a 69.
The finishing holes proved pivotal in the opening two rounds. Haas was challenging for the lead on Thursday when he flew his tee shot into the back bunker on the par-3 17th and had to two-putt from 40 feet for bogey. Then, he three-putted from 8 feet on the 18th hole for bogey to ruin his day.
Rose went eagle-birdie on the 16th and 17th holes that sent him on his way to an opening 65, and he regained the lead Friday with a 4-iron just off the fringe for a simple birdie on the 16th. But after a burst of rain, he thought the green might be slower than it was on his 25-foot birdie try. He ran it 5 feet by the hole, and missed it coming back.
Sixteen players were separated by 5 shots going into the weekend. Ken Duke (68), J.J. Henry (67) and Jim Walker (69) were at 6-under 138. Woods was right behind, along with Mark Wilson and Vijay Singh, who each shot 68. Rickie Fowler had a 67 and joined the large group at 4-under 140.
Phil Mickelson and Geoff Ogilvy did not make the cut.
Beatriz Recari shot a bogey-free 5-under 67 to take the lead after two rounds in the Kia Classic in Carlsbad, Calif. The Spaniard’s two-round total of 8-under 136 gave her a 1-stroke lead over Paula Creamer and Karrie Webb.
Creamer shot a 68, and Webb had a 70 on the hilly, 6,593-yard Aviara course designed by Arnold Palmer.
First-round leader Jane Park shot a 69 and was tied at 6 under with Cristie Kerr, I.K. Kim, Inbee Park and Haeji Kang.
Stacy Lewis, playing her first tournament as the world’s top-ranked player, was 4 strokes off the lead with a 70.
Hal Sutton, Steve Elkington, Corey Pavin and Roger Chapman shot 3-under 69 in light rain to share the first-round lead in the Champions Tour’s Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic in Saucier, Miss.
Sutton made five birdies and salvaged bogey on the par-4 18th with a 15-foot putt. Pavin made three birdies in a row on Nos. 6-8 to vault into a tie for the lead.
Defending champion Fred Couples opened with a 72.
Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat topped the leaderboard at 10 under with nine holes to play when the second round of the Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur was suspended because of darkness.
South Africa’s Charl Schwartzel and China’s Wu Ashun shot 4-under 68 to share the clubhouse lead at 9 under in the event sanctioned by the European and Asian tours.
Third-ranked Luke Donald was even par overall with 11 holes to play.