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 four 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.
“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.”
Haas not only kept bogeys off his card, but his longest putt for par was also 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, one shot ahead of John Huh, who had a 69.
RECARI LEADS KIA CLASSIC
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 one-stroke lead over Paula Creamer and Karrie Webb.
Stacy Lewis, playing her first tournament as the world’s top-ranked player, carded her second straight 70 and was four strokes off the lead.
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. Seattle native and defending champion Fred Couples opened with a 72. …Former Masters champion Charl Schwartzel and Wu Ashun of China were at 9 under for the clubhouse lead in the Malaysian Open after the second round was suspended because of darkness, which left half the field unable to complete the round.