Arnold Palmer Invitational: Adam Scott equals 36-hole record

Adam Scott

Arnold Palmer Invitational, Bay Hill, Florida: second-round leaderboard

A Scott (Aus)
JB Holmes (US), C Hadley (US), F Molinari (It)
K Bradley (US), J Donaldson (Wal), J Kokrak (US), B Snedeker (US), M Hoffman (US)
F Jacobson (Swe), M Every (US), R Ishikawa (Jpn), I Poulter (Eng), J Merrick (US), C Howard II (US)
Selected others:
-4 P Harrington (Ire); -2 R Knox (Sco); -1 M Laird (Sco); +1 G McDowell (NI); +2 P Casey (Eng). Missed cut: +3 D Lynn (Eng); +6 J Rose (Eng); +7 L Westwood (Eng); +8 M Fitzpatrick (Eng, amateur); +9 D Clarke (NI)

Adam Scott extended his lead at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Florida to seven shots at the halfway point.

The Masters champion equalled the Bay Hill course record when he carded a 10-under-par 62 in the opening round.

And Friday's 68 - including six birdies - tied the 36-hole record shared by Tom Watson and Andy Bean in 1981.

Jamie Donaldson of Wales and England's Ian Poulter stayed in contention with scores of 71 and finished at six under and five under respectively.

However, US Open winner Justin Rose endured a poor day, shooting 79, and missed the cut, as did amateur Matthew Fitzpatrick following an 81.

Americans JB Holmes and Cheeson Hadden, along with Italy's Francesco Molinari, are joint second on seven under.

Victory for world number two Scott, meanwhile, would put pressure on number one Tiger Woods, who is absent from this tournament with a back injury.

But if neither men played again before Scott's April Masters' defence in Augusta, the Australian would be top of the rankings ahead of the first major of the year.

"I think it was a pretty good way to back up a low round," said Scott. "It's not easy to do that, especially around a tough course.

"I would say I struck the ball much better than yesterday, but just didn't quite make the putts. But it's tough to do that all the time around a track like this.

"I've got to take in the attitude of starting over again and trying to play a really hard 36 holes. And hopefully if I can keep striking the ball like I am.

"I'll give myself enough chances for birdie and hopefully more birdies than bogeys."

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