Mixed bag for McIlroy as Fleetwood leads

Mixed bag for McIlroy as Fleetwood leads

Mixed bag for McIlroy as Fleetwood leads

English professional Tommy Fleetwood and four-time PGA Tour victor Keegan Bradley share the top spot as the field heads into moving day.

Cabrera Bello opened with four birdies in six holes in the morning chill, put together another run of birdies that included consecutive putts from the 30-foot range, and wound up leading by two over Keegan Bradley.

Englishman Fleetwood, runner-up at last year's U.S. Open, snared a pair of eagles from par-fives on his way to a six-under-par 66, while Bradley followed with a 68 as the pair wound up on nine-under 135 through two rounds at Bay Hill.

Rafa Cabrera Bello nearly aced the second hole en route to the early lead in the first round at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Florida on Thursday.

The Northern Irishman's only blot in his round was a bogey at the par-four eighth but, after six successive pars, the four-time major champion finished with three further gains, including a closing birdie, and he was particularly pleased with one facet of his game.

Check in for highlights from every tournament plus player interviews, player profiles, tournament previews, swing analysis and all the greatest shots and awesome moments. He would take a one-stroke penalty, drop the ball, and make double bogey.

"The golf course is hard", said McIlroy, who won past year at 18-under 270, "Two under is in the top 20".

"I was surprised because I thought I hit it pretty flush", he said in true Mickelsonian fashion.

"I hit it exactly how I wanted". The group another shot back included Masters champions Patrick Reed and Bubba Watson, and Eddie Pepperell, who is playing a regular PGA Tour event for the first time and got caught with his trousers up.

Australia's Jason Day withdrew from the Arnold Palmer Invitational on Thursday citing a back injury.

Day later revealed he had been struggling with a sore back last week and underwent an MRI scan on Monday which indicated a tear in a disc. "It just wasn't going to work out".

"I had come off a bogey at one, so wasn't really happy on the (second) tee", he said.

"I said to Matty, "Let's birdie the two par-5s, get two more and try shoot even".

Justin Rose shot 71, one better than defending champion Rory McIlroy, whose birdie putt at the last cruelly lipped out of the hole.

The Mount Juliet golfer eagled the 18th to race to the turn in four-under 32 and move into the top-10 on five-under.

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