Arnold Palmer Invitational: Tiger Woods Struggles Again, Justin Rose Holds Share of 2nd Round Lead

By Carl Conrad
Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Tiger Woods was breathing down the neck of the leaders as he began to wind down his second round at the Arnold Palmer Invitational Presented by Mastercard. Woods was one shot off the pace heading into the 16th hole. That’s when things went downhill quickly. He managed to bogey each of the final three holes to end his second round four shots back of the leaders, Bill Haas and Justin Rose.

Rose was able to hold onto a share of the lead despite only carding a two under par 70 on the day. That is quite a far cry from the seven under par 65 that he shot in the first round. You can’t be perfect everyday on the golf course though, I suppose. Even after three-putting the final hole to end the round with a bogey, Rose still managed a share of the lead heading into the weekend.

The round turned in by Haas was quite different that Rose’s second round. In fact, the six under par 66 that Haas carded in the second round was only one shot off of Rose’s first round performance. While Rose came back to the back a little bit in the second round, Haas was able to move up four spots to tie for the lead heading into Saturday.

There seems to be a consistent theme with Woods through the first two rounds at Bay Hill. He continues to put together very shaky rounds but is somehow able to salvage them and bring them back from the verge of total disaster. He’s doing just enough to stay in contention but not enough to seriously make a run at the leaders. It seems as if his tournament is going to go one of two ways over the weekend; either he’s going to completely fall apart or everything is going to come together and he’s going to blow the field away. I’m getting the sense that there won’t be much of a middle ground for Tiger during his next two rounds.

 Carl Conrad is the Senior Golf Writer for Follow him on Twitter or add him to your network on Google.


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