ORLANDO, Fla. — One day after Adam Scott opened with a record-tying 62 in the Arnold Palmer Invitational, he hit his stride around the turn Friday with five birdies in an eight-hole stretch to leave everyone else far behind. Even with a three-putt bogey on his final hole, Scott still carded a 4-under 68 for a seven-shot lead.
He was at 14-under 130, matching the 36-hole record at Bay Hill first set by Tom Watson and Andy Bean in 1981. His seven-shot margin at the halfway point shattered the previous record held by Tiger Woods in 2002 and Paul Azinger in 1988.
J.B. Holmes, Chesson Hadley and Francesco Molinari of Italy were tied for second at 7-under. Keegan Bradley had the low score of the blustery second round with a 67, putting him in a group at 138 that includes Brandt Snedeker and Jamie Donaldson of Wales.
Lee on top for 2nd consecutive day in Phoenix
PHOENIX — Mirim Lee remained atop the JTBC Founders Cup leaderboard in her third LPGA Tour start.
The 23-year-old South Korean player shot a 5-under 67 on Friday to take a two-stroke advantage over 16-year-old Lydia Ko into the weekend at Desert Ridge’s Wildfire Golf Club.
A three-time winner on the Korean LPGA, Lee played the final eight holes in 5-under, making an eagle and three birdies to reach 13-under 131. She opened with a 64 on Thursday for a one-shot lead.
Ko, the Canadian Women’s Open winner as an amateur the last two years, shot 66. The first-year pro played a late six-hole stretch in 6-under with an eagle and four birdies.
Couples takes lead in Champions Tour event
SAUCIER, Miss. — Fred Couples shot a 6-under 66 to take a two-shot lead after the first round of the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic at Fallen Oak on Friday. It was Couples’ 12th straight round in the 60s on the Champions Tour, one shy of the record set by Hale Irwin in 1999.
Jeff Maggert shot a 68 in his Champions Tour debut, joining Kenny Perry, David Frost, Jay Haas and last year’s tournament champion Michael Allen in second place.
Jack Fleck, who produced one of golf’s greatest upsets by beating Ben Hogan in a playoff to win the 1955 U.S. Open, died Friday in Fort Smith, Ark. He was 92. Fleck had been the oldest living U.S. Open champion.
The Edwards Funeral Home said Fleck died after a brief illness. Jim Edwards, the funeral home’s general manager, said he saw Fleck hitting golf balls as recently as six weeks ago.