Friday, March 26, 2010

Golf.com's Ryan Reiterman live blogged the second round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Leaderboard | Round 2 Photos | Course Profile | TV Schedule 5:58 Well that's it for today. Should be an exciting weekend for golf. Great leaderboard at Bay Hill, Wie's in contention on the LPGA Tour, and the Champions Tour is at beautiful Cap Cana. But for now, it's time to hit the bar ...gimme an Arnold Palmer! 5:55 Now there's a Chris DiMarco sighting! And he's 3 under! Someone keep an eye out for the Loch Ness Monster. 5:54 Ryo Ishikawa nails the 16th in two shots. At 1 over, Ryo needs a birdie to safely finish inside the cut. 5:52 Whoa, a Fred Funk sighting! Funk is 6 over, still recovering from knee surgery last year.

5:46 Golf Channel has Rich Lerner, Brandel Chamblee and Tim Rosaforte anchoring the post-game show. Great line up, hope they keep that team together. And is anyone missing Nick Faldo? I know my mom is, but that's a whole other story. Frank Nobilo is a fine substitute. 5:44 Yikes! Where have you gone, Henrik Stenson? After opening with a 67, Stenson shot a 78 and is right on the cut line. 5:41 In a Golf Magazine interview late last year, Els said he felt like his game was turning around. Guess he was right. 5:40 Heath Slocum, 5 under, finds the water on 18. 5:31 Golf Channel's Steve Sands does a great job interviewing players. He really tries to avoid the obvious questions. 5:29 I know there is no cheering in the press box, but I really hope Fowler wins next week. I think he'd be a lot of fun to watch at Augusta. 5:26 Shell Houston Open will have a great field next week: Mickelson, Harrington, Fowler, McIlroy, Scott. Then it's time for the Masters. Love it! 5:25 Unless Mike Weir makes a big run, it looks like 7 under is going to stand heading into the weekend. 5:22 Els just misses the birdie putt, but he taps in for a 3-under 69, tied with Love, Trahan and Curtis. Nice! 5:20 Els has about 20 feet for birdie on 18 to finish with the lead. 5:18 Palmer on Holmes: "Maybe if he used a razor in the morning, it would help." Zing! 5:09 Els taps in for birdie, and he is tied for the lead with Love, Trahan and Curtis. 5:05 Champions Tour Update: Chip Beck and Nick Price are tied for the lead at Cap Cana. Fred Couples is only one back. Follow SI's Damon Hack on Twitter, he's in the Dominican Republic for the event. Jealous! 5:03 WOW! Els fires a dart to about 3 feet on the difficult par-3 17th. He'll have a putt to tie for the lead. 5:02 Kenny Perry goes for the green on 16 and finds the water. On the bright side, the judges gave him a 9.5 on the splash. 5:01 Els and Holmes both make birdies on 16. 4:59 Golf Channel promoting a new show with Donald Trump. Have to admit I just might check it out. 4:58 Notables Missing the Cut: Zach Johnson, Camilo Villegas, Bubba Watson and David Toms. 4:54 Tip from Palmer: When you get nervous, stick to the fundamentals. 4:46 Els and Holmes hit the par-5 16th in two, both will have eagle putts coming up. 4:44 Alright! Dustin Johnson, one of my fantasy picks, is 4 under after 14 holes and 5 under for the tournament. 4:40 Loving the changes Palmer made at Bay Hill, especially shaving the rough around the greens. It really tests a player's short game and gives them a lot of options. Makes for more exciting television, too. I'm not a fan of watching guys hack out of the rough. 4:36 Palmer is still looking sharp. Pale yellow cardigan, with a dark red golf shirt. No wonder Esquire recently named him one of the best dressed men of all time. 4:35 Els finds trouble off the tee at 15 and makes a bogey. 4:34 LPGA Tour Update: Michelle Wie fires a 67 at the Kia Classic. 4:27 Palmer is in the booth, talking about his grandson, who will make the cut. Check out Connell Barrett's interview with Sam Saunders. 4:24 My favorite Palmer story? In his autobiography, Palmer said President Nixon once asked him for advice on the Vietnam War. Top that, Tiger! 4:20 European Tour Update: Nudist disrupts play at Andalucia Open. YEAH BABY! 4:15 Turns out Ben Curtis might have been the first player to tee it up with Tiger, post scandal. Curtis said Woods looked "nervous." 4:04 Holmes takes out some frustration by throwing a Sharpie marker against his bag. After his wedge shot flies by the hole, he spikes his wedge into the ground. And ... then he throws his ball in the water after making double. Tommy Bolt would be proud. 4:01 Oops. From a fairway bunker, Holmes dunks one into the water on 13. 3:58 Els and Holmes make birdies to get to 6 under, one off the lead. 3:52 Mickelson was asked if he'd like to play with Tiger at the Masters. Phil said it'd be great. Why? My guess is Phil smells blood in the water. He took down Tiger at the Tour Championship and the HSBC in China. Tiger's game has to be rusty coming back from his scandal. Plus, Phil knows how many people will be watching, and I'm sure he'd love to put on a show for what will probably be the largest TV audience in golf history. 3:49 Phil's highlights are on TV right now. Wedge shots around the green are looking sharp, and Phil said it was one of his best putting days of the year. 3:45 Brandon asks: Since I am at work I have only been able to follow along on the leaderboard and am wondering what in the world happened to Duval today? Duval made three doubles on his way to a 76 and another missed cut. Unfortunately, that's been Duval's game for a long time. But at least he's shown flashes of returning to his old self at Pebble and last year's U.S. Open. 3:41 Els has birdied three of the last four holes, and he is at 5 under, two off the lead. 3:37 Watch out for Retief Goosen. Shot a 67 today and is only one back. Goosen is another player heating up heading into Augusta, where he has four career top-5 finishes. 3:29 Great question on our Facebook page from Neil: The American media continues to fawn over Phil Mickelson for no logical reason. The Bay Hill reports list him as headlining the field and establish him as favourite. What has he done to merit all those accolades? Why is he the headliner when Steve Stricker, the No. 2 player in the world, is in the field and has played much better than Mickelson over the last year? Neil, it's simple. Phil Mickelson gets a reaction out of people. Stricker is a great story, and he's a great guy, but there isn't much to draw you in. And I think Phil deserves the accolades. It's not like he's missed five straight cuts. He's one off the lead right now and confirmed today he shot a 58 on Monday. 3:25 After making a double on the par-5 6th, J.B. Holmes makes birdie on 10 to get to 5 under. 3:22 Great photo of The King being The King this morning at Bay Hill ... March26_palmer_600x448 3:17 Ernie Els is even through 10 holes, but 4 under for the tournament, right in the hunt. Great to see Ernie playing well again, especially heading into the Masters. 3:08 Mike Weir makes a birdie on 16 to move to 6 under. Loved this story about Palmer giving Weir the business for not playing Bay Hill. Weir felt the course didn't suit his game. Sorry, Mike. When you have a green jacket in the closet, that's a weak excuse. 3:05 Davis Love, Ben Curtis and D.J. Trahan are tied for the lead at 7 under. Phil Mickelson is only one back after finding his putting stroke today. Mickelson and Love both had wild rounds today, check out their scorecards ... Mickelson_card  Love_card   3 pm Welcome back to our live blog. This is my first time doing the live blog, and I'm thrilled it's during The King's event. I just finished reading Arnie's autobiography for the second time, and I spent Monday at the USGA Museum touring the Arnold Palmer exhibit. So I'll try to toss in a few Arnie nuggets you may not know about. But on to the tournament ...

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