Justin Rose let his lead slip at the halfway stage of the Arnold Palmer Invitational as a late bogey caused him to fall level to American Bill Haas.
The English number two (and British number three) was the overnight leader after the first day of golf and was partnered with Tiger Woods, himself hoping to win the tournament in order to regain his number one ranking. The two enjoyed a tussle throughout the day, with Woods’ deficit falling to just one shot after Rose missed a putt from inside four feet on the 14th for his first bogey of the day. However, Tiger’s challenge quickly fell towards the end of play, as three consecutive bogeys put him four points off the lead.
Rose also struggled on the last hole, as rain began to fall and his concentration faltered. Preparing for the putt, Rose found himself heckled with advice as an overeager spectator attempted to demonstrate the lay of the land. With the putt missing, Rose relinquished his overall lead and prepares to do battle with Haas on day three.
Ian Poulter was the highest-scoring Brit of the day, carding a relatively impressive -3. Unfortunately, a level par on the first day, as well as better performances from the home golfers meant that three under is the best Poulter can do for now and he sits in 17th place.
A bad day at the office for Graeme McDowell and Lee Westwood, the latter 3 over par for the day, meant they flirted with the cut at one point but will have to cope with a tie for 57th place. Greg Owen and Martin Laird found themselves even closer, despite slight improvements on their +2 results from the first day. Brian Davis also improved, but finds himself returning home already along with Ross Fisher and David Lynn, who had a shocker of a day to card 78.
Severe thunderstorms once again affected Day 2 of the Maybank Malaysian Open, with Luke Donald unable to finish his second round – currently par for the day. Scott Jamieson remains the top British player, but a score of 72 means he drops five places down to a share of seventh.
Arnold Palmer Invitational
Justin Rose – T1, 135 (65/70), -9
Ian Poulter – T17, 141 (72/69), -3
Graeme McDowell – T57, 146 (72/74), +2
Lee Westwood – T57, 146 (71/75), +2
Greg Owen – T70, 147 (74/73), +3
Martin Laird – T70, 147 (74/73), +3
Brian Davis – Missed cut, 149 (76/73)
David Lynn – Missed cut, 151 (73/78)
Ross Fisher – Missed cut, 150 (75/75)