No fluke: Hoffmann (65) stretches lead to three in Rd. 2


ORLANDO, Fla. – Morgan Hoffmann didn’t have much time to rest on the laurels of his opening-round 66 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

That’s probably a good thing, considering he did one better on Friday.

Playing in the first group of the morning wave, Hoffmann ripped off six birdies during a seven-hole stretch on the front nine en route to a 7-under 65. At 13 under, he increased his lead from one to three shots as he looks to win for the first time on the PGA Tour.

“Just had a nice relaxing night, went to bed earlier and obviously got up early for the tee time today,” Hoffmann said. “My caddie and I pretty much set a game plan for the week, just trying to stick to it. It worked today.”

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Hoffmann is looking to pack on the pounds this season, and an early tee time Friday didn’t slow those efforts: breakfast included five eggs, turkey, oatmeal, raspberries and strawberries. His mid-round snack? More like a plate at Thanksgiving.

“I had turkey breast, sweet potatoes and green beans,” he said.

Hoffmann’s appetite for birdies is equally voracious this week at Bay Hill, as his second-round scorecard included eight circles and he has made 12 birdies and an eagle through 36 holes. After making it all the way to the Tour Championship in September, he is in position to secure his first top-10 finish of the season.

“I felt great about this year coming in, and I wasn’t off to the greatest start,” he said. “My caddie and I are having fun out there. We have a nice confidence and flow going, so hopefully we can carry it through the weekend.”