Arnold Palmer Invitational. Scott Sailing to Victory. March 21 2014
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Adam put together a second round of -4 under par 68, to increase his lead at the top of the Arnold Palmer Invitational to seven shots. Arnold might just as well start engraving the trophy right now, Adam disagrees;“We're only halfway, seven shots over two days is not enough. I don't think you can ever be leading by enough. The challenge might be just to start again and try and play a great 36 holes, start fresh, and try to be the leader after the next 36.” “It feels very much like I was playing toward the end of last year in Australia, where I kind of picked golf courses apart by just hitting fairways and hitting greens, and just waiting for that right number to hit one close. I'd like to kind of keep that going for the next couple of days and I feel like I'll be in good shape.”
There are three players who are seven shots adrift, and realistically have no chance of catching Adam. They are; J.B. Holmes, Francesco Molinari and Chesson Hadley.
Chesson Hadley posted a bogey-free -4 under par 68, and is eying a spot in the field at the Masters.
“That just was so classy, and it really meant a lot to me, I came into this week just so appreciative to be here. It gives me something to work for, I know a win gets me in both ways, Augusta is a thought, but it’s about winning more than getting to Augusta. It’s still hard to believe. We’re just playing with house money."
J.B. is just happy to be healthy;
“This is the first time in three years I’ve really been healthy. It’s a different feeling, that’s for sure. I’ve been really close, I feel like. I just haven’t really put it all together. I’ve just been waiting for it to click in. Hopefully this will be the week.”
After a 7-under 65 on Thursday, Ryo Ishikawa began the second round in a tie for second, before he unraveled on his second nine. He had bogeys on Nos. 2 and 9 compounded by a double bogey at the third, en route to a +2 over par 74. He dropped eight spots on the leaderboard and into a tie for 10th, nine shots back of 36-hole leader Adam.
Keegan Bradley carded the low round of the day -5 under par, 67 that included six birdies, nine one-putts and a total of just 25 putts on the round, to be T5.
“I played the exact same just no putts. The putter was the difference, went to talk to Dr. Bob last night and my buddy, John, and just talked about getting less into making putts and more into just having fun and looking forward to making them. Played so good all year, not much to show for it. I feel like I’ve got some good mojo going into the weekend.”
Amateur Nathan Smith was disqualified for playing a shot from an out of bounds area, what was his caddie thinking. Nathan took his disqualification like a true sportsman, accepting the decision with grace.