Golf roundup

Haas, Rose tied for Bay Hill lead

The Associated PressMarch 22, 2013 

Bay Hill Golf

Bill Haas watches his shot from the 18th fairway to the green during the second round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational golf tournament, Friday, March 22, 2013, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)


— Bill Haas wanted to atone for the way he finished his opening round. He did that and more Friday and was tied for the lead in the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

That wasn’t the case for Tiger Woods.

One shot out of the lead with three holes to play, Woods closed with three sloppy bogeys to fall four shots behind going into the weekend.

Haas, a Greer resident, not only kept bogeys off his card, his longest putt for par was no more than 4 feet in a clean round of 6-under 66. He was tied with Justin Rose, who was poised to take the outright lead until he was fooled by the speed of the greens after late afternoon showers and finished with a three-putt bogey for a 70.

They were at 9-under 135, one shot ahead of John Huh, who had a 69.

Recari graps LPGA lead

At Carlsbad, Calif., Beatriz Recari shot a bogey-free 5-under 67 to take the lead after two rounds in the Kia Classic.

The Spaniard's two-round total of 8-under 136 gave her a one-stroke lead over Paula Creamer and Karrie Webb.

Crowd at top of Champions stop

At Saucier, Miss., Hal Sutton, Steve Elkington, Corey Pavin and Roger Chapman shot 3-under 69 in light rain to share the first-round lead in the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic.

Sutton, 54, was the most surprising player among the leaders at Fallen Oak. Winless since the PGA Tour’s 2001 Houston Open, he had his left hip replaced in October.

Martin third at Louisiana Open

At Broussard, La., Ben Martin (Clemson) shot a 67 to finish tied for third at 9-under 133 at the Tour’s Louisiana Open. Darron Stiles fired a second-round 64 and took the overall lead with an 11-under 131.

Thai rules delayed Malaysian Open

At Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat topped the European Tour’s Malaysian Open leader board at 10-under with nine holes to play when the second round was suspended because of darkness.

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