ORLANDO, Fla. – The Arnold Palmer Invitational may be short on Tiger Woods this week, but it's not lacking a dominating Woods-like performance. Through 36 holes at Bay Hill, Adam Scott is 14 under and has a seven-shot lead over his next closest competitors. Here’s the skinny on Round 2:
The leaderboard: Adam Scott (-14), J.B. Holmes (-7), Chesson Hadley (-7), Francesco Molinari (-7), Keegan Bradley (-6), Jamie Donaldson (-6), Jason Kokrak (-6) and Brandt Snedeker (-6)
What it means: There's no doubt Scott's first-round 62 was going to be a tough act to follow, but he took it low again Friday in a round of 68 that extended his lead to seven heading into the weekend. In his last start before the Masters, Scott appears primed for a victory at Arnie’s Place, which would, in turn, help him to world No. 1 for the first time in his career by the time he heads down Magnolia Lane.
Round of the day: Keegan Bradley posted the low round of the day (67) on Friday that included six birdies, nine one-putts and 25 total putts on the round.
Best of the rest: Chesson Hadley posted a bogey-free 4-under 68 Friday to go along with the 69 he carded in Round 1. The 26-year-old is looking for his second PGA Tour win after winning for the first time on Tour earlier this month at the Puerto Rico Open. While he would like to return to the winner’s circle, another prize could be on the line this week – a spot in the field at the Masters.
Biggest disappointment: Paired with Scott for the first two days, reigning U.S. Open champ Justin Rose shot 71-79 to miss the cut. His round of 7 over on Friday included six bogeys and two double bogeys. The MC at Bay Hill is his first since the British Open last July.
Biggest storyline heading into Saturday: This week was supposed to belong to Woods - with his eight career victories at the API - but instead, the reigning Masters champion with Woods' former caddie is stealing the spotlight. If Scott wins this week - and it's not looking like anyone will catch him - he can position himself as a favorite when he returns to Augusta to defend his title in three weeks. The win at Bay Hill would also help Scott dethrone Woods as the world No. 1.