Rickie Fowler kept bogeys off his card for the second straight round Friday for a 4-under 66 and the early lead in the Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
In some respects, it was identical to Fowler’s opening round — no bogeys, a 66 and another tough par save on No. 10.
Fowler was at 8-under 132, 1 shot ahead of Jimmy Walker, who finished with a long eagle putt on the par-5 18th for a 66. Sergio Garcia was another shot behind after a 69.
Rory McIlroy headed home and might not return this week. McIlroy took a triple bogey trying to play out of a water hazard on the par-3 fifth hole.
He shot a 72 and was at 4-over 144.
Defending champion Amy Yang carded a 3-under 69 to lead by 1 shot halfway through the LPGA Thailand in Chonburi.
Yang trailed first-round leader Lexi Thompson by 2 before teeing off at Siam Country Club, then had consecutive bogeys on Nos. 5 and 6, but rallied with four birdies, including on the par-3 12th.
At 9 under overall, the South Korean was 1 shot ahead of countrywoman Q Baek (71) and Americans Jessica Korda (66) and Thompson (72).
Korda’s low round of the day, matched by Haru Nomura of Japan, was capped by a 12-foot eagle putt on her last hole.
Xi Yu Lin of China hit a hole in one on the 186-yard, par-3 16th, and earned a Honda Accord.
Overnight leader Peter Uihlein of the United States shot a 4-under 68 and was tied for the second-round lead with Brett Rumford at the Perth International in Australia, with former British Open champion Louis Oosthuizen a stroke behind.
Uihlein, who birdied his final two holes after starting on the back nine, and Rumford, who carded 65, had 36-hole totals of 11-under 133 at Lake Karrinyup Country Club.
Oosthuizen, the 2010 British Open champion playing for the first time in Australia, had a 64 for the low round of the day after an opening 70.
Oosthuizen was on track to join Rumford and Uihlein at the top of the leaderboard, but missed a short birdie putt on the final hole.
European Ryder Cup player Victor Dubuisson of France posted a 1-under 71 but was still 4 over overall and missed the cut in the European Tour and Australasian PGA event.
Australian Marcus Fraser, who won the Maybank Championship in Malaysia last week, was at 2 under with veteran Peter Senior.
Other notables beside Dubuisson to miss the cut included defending champion Thorbjorn Olesen (5 over) and 2013 winner Jin Jeong (4 over).
Ladies European Tour
Nicole Broch Larsen of Denmark and Sweden’s Camilla Lennarth took a 2-stroke, second-round lead at the Australian Ladies Masters in Gold Coast.
Lennarth shot her second consecutive 5-under 68 and Larsen a 69 for two-round totals of 10-under 136 at Royal Pines.
Lennarth, starting on the 10th hole, had four birdies on her final nine, including the eighth and ninth.
Larsen birdied her final two holes on the front and back nines.
Brooke Henderson of Canada, who led with Larsen after the first round with 67s, was tied for third after a 71 with South Korean Jiyai Shin (70).
So Young Lee of South Korea and England’s Holly Clyburn, who each shots 69s, were tied for fifth.