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Rose, Haas share Bay Hill lead after 36 holes

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Low scores remained available Friday at Bay Hill, where Justin Rose and Bill Haas have set themselves apart from the field after 36 holes. Here's a recap of where things stand heading into the weekend at the Arnold Palmer Invitational:

The leaderboard: Justin Rose (-9), Bill Haas (-9), John Huh (-8), Ken Duke (-6), Jimmy Walker (-6), J.J. Henry (-6), Tiger Woods (-5)

What it means: After Haas set the pace in the morning, Rose was able to match him in the afternoon wave and the pair will begin the weekend tied at 9 under. Woods appeared in position to challenge the co-leaders, but three closing bogeys ultimately dropped him four shots off the pace.

Round of the day: Beginning his round on the 10th hole, Haas got a pair of quick birdies at holes 12 and 13 before an eagle at the par-5 16th. He added two more birdies on his second nine, hitting 15 of 18 greens in regulation en route to a bogey-free 66 Friday.

Best of the rest: Of the four players to shoot 5-under 67 in the second round, Chad Campbell’s round was the most adventurous. The Texan birdied three of his first four holes Friday, ultimately making six birdies and an eagle to more than balance out three bogeys. After opening with a 5-over 77 Thursday, Campbell was 10 shots better Friday to bring him back to even par overall, improbably making the cut with room to spare.

Biggest disappointment: After a four-putt from inside five feet, Phil Mickelson left the 13th green with a triple bogey, one of three 7s he made during his second-round 79. Despite seven birdies and an eagle across his first two rounds, at 8-over 152 Mickelson missed the cut by a wide margin and will sit out the weekend at Bay Hill for the first time since 1996.

Main storyline heading into Saturday: With the defending champ just four shots back, can the leaders maintain their advantage? After playing the first two rounds alongside Woods, Rose appears poised to keep his foot planted firmly on the gas this weekend as advantageous scoring conditions are expected to remain in place.

Shot of the day: Heading to the 14th hole at 6 over, Kevin Chappell was in need of a spark. That's just what he found when his tee shot at the 217-yard par-3 landed in the middle of the green and rolled straight into the hole. The ace gave Chappell hope of making the cut, but he gave those shots back with a double bogey on the home hole, ultimately shooting an even-par 72 to finish at 7 over, four shots off the cut line.

Quote of the day: 'The good news is we've got 36 holes to go. We've got a long way to go, and certainly four shots can be made up.' – Tiger Woods