Bill Haas and Justin Rose were tied for the lead halfway through the Arnold Palmer Invitational, a PGA Tour event.
ORLANDO, Fla. — 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.
That wasn’t the case for Tiger Woods.
One stroke out of the lead with three holes to play in the second round, Woods closed with three bogeys to fall four shots behind going into the weekend. That makes the chore a little more difficult in his bid to successfully defend his title at Bay Hill and return to No. 1 in the world ranking.
“The good news is, we’ve got 36 holes to go,” Woods said. “We’ve got a long way to go. And certainly four shots can be made up.”
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Haas kept bogeys off his card and his longest putt for par was no more than 4 feet in a clean round of 6-under-par 66. He was tied with Justin Rose, who was poised to take the outright lead in the PGA Tour event until he was fooled by the speed of the greens after late-afternoon showers and finished with a three-putt bogey for a 70.
Haas and Rose were at 9-under 135, one shot ahead of John Huh (69).
The finishing holes have proved pivotal in the opening two rounds. Haas was challenging for the lead 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 a bogey. Then, he three-putted from 8 feet on the 18th hole for a bogey to ruin his day.
“So to leave, basically giving two away, my goal today was try to get those two back and go from there,” Haas said. “That was kind of my mindset today, and then I was able to keep it going.”
After a burst of rain, Rose thought the green might be slower than it was on his 25-foot birdie try. He ran the ball 5 feet by the hole, and missed the putt coming back.
“But that was the only thing that hampered the day, really,” Rose said. “All in all, exciting day and I’m in a good position.”
Ex-Washington Huskies player Richard H. Lee (70) was tied for 28th place at 1 under.
Players with scores of 148 and worse missed the cut, including Ryan Moore (78-72 — 150) of Puyallup and Kyle Stanley (77-76 — 153) of Gig Harbor.
Woods hit the ball better in the second round and had to settle for a higher score, all because of his finish.
He had about 210 yards from a fairway bunker on the par-5 16th and his shot tumbled into the creek short of the green. He pitched up to 25 feet and took a bogey. Then, he turned over his tee shot on the 17th and wound up in the rough well behind the green, and his chip went all the way through the green.
On No. 18, Woods’ tee shot went into the right rough that forced him to play short of the water, and he hit a poor chip to about 30 feet. He missed that putt for a 70.
“I’ve made my share of mistakes on the last few holes the last couple of days, and I need to clean that up,” said Woods, who made bogeys on the 17th and 18th holes Thursday in the middle of his round.
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The Spaniard’s 36-hole total of 8-under 136 gave her a one-stroke lead over American Paula Creamer (68) and Australian Karrie Webb (70).
Players with scores of 148 and worse missed the cut, a group that included ex-Washington Huskies player Paige Mackenzie (73-75 — 148) of Yakima; Jimin Kang (76-76 — 152), a graduate of King’s High School in Shoreline; Wendy Ward (78-76 — 154), who lives near Edwall, outside Spokane; and ex-Washington State player Kim Welch (78-78 — 156).