Holmes keeps lead, McIlroy loses cool
DORAL, Fla. — J.B. Holmes kept his lead. Rory McIlroy lost his cool.
Holmes was 11 shots worse than his tournament record-tying 62, finishing with a tee shot in the water and a double bogey on the 18th hole Friday for a 1-over 73. That still was enough to take a two-shot lead over Ryan Moore (71) into the weekend at the Cadillac Championship.
McIlroy made the wrong kind of splash at Trump National Doral — first with a shot, then with his club.
On a wild afternoon of eagles, birdies and big numbers at every turn, McIlroy produced the biggest highlight when he pulled his 3-iron into the water on the par-5 eighth, and then heaved the club some 50 yards into the middle of the lake.
"Felt good at the time," McIlroy said. "Look, I just let frustration get the better of me."
McIlroy managed to salvage a bogey, made three birdies on the back nine and shot a 2-under 70 to stay in the hunt at this World Golf Championship. He was still eight shots behind Holmes, though the Blue Monster is a tough course for anyone to protect a lead.
And it didn't take much to get into trouble.
Holmes began the second round with a 360-yard drive and a 6-iron onto the green at the par 5. It rolled into the water, and he made his first bogey of the tournament. His approach on the third hole came up just enough short to go into the water for another bogey. And his tee shot on the 18th was pulled just enough for another splash. He at least countered with five birdies to stay in the lead.
Holmes was at 9-under 135.
He was more irritated by the bogey on No. 1 than the double bogey at the end of his round, and what set him off was a reminder than he thought the old Blue Monster was too easy for a World Golf Championship.
"There's a difference between easy and hitting two perfect shots and the ball going in the water," Holmes said. "That's a joke. I hit a 6-iron straight up in the air, it landed 3 feet off the left of the green and 5 feet on it and it goes in the water on the right side of the green. That's not hard. That's stupid. That's unfair."
Still, he was in a good mood heading into the weekend.
Adam Scott made six birdies in his round of 68 and was three shots behind at 6-under 138. Masters champion Bubba Watson made a pair of eagles, including a bunker shot he holed at the 10th, for a 69. Henrik Stenson bounced back from a double bogey in the water at the par-3 fourth hole with three straight birdies in his round of 71. They were at 4-under 140, five shots behind.
WEB.COM CARTAGENA: At Cartagena, Colombia, a tough day ended early for Ashland’s Jason Allred, who was 5 over par and on the cut line when second-round play was suspended because of bad weather in the Cartagena de Indias at Karibana Championship.
Allred made a triple bogey and two bogeys in his first seven holes. He started on the 10th tee. He was on a string of three pars when play was stopped after his 13th hole.
Following a 3-under opening round, he’s at 2 over and tied for 64th place.
John Mallinger is the clubhouse leader at 7 under through two full rounds.
HSBC WOMEN'S CHAMPIONS: At Singapore, Spain's Carlota Ciganda shot a 6-under 66 for a share of the lead with South Korea's Inbee Park after the second round of the HSBC Women's Champions.
Ciganda matched the second-ranked Park at 9-under 135 on Sentosa's Serapong Course.
Spain's Azahara Munoz was third at 7 under after a 67.
Top-ranked Lydia Ko birdied three of the last four holes for a 70 to top the group at 6 under. The 17-year-old Ko is coming off victories in the Women's Australian Open and New Zealand Women's Open.
Stacy Lewis, the 2013 winner, also was 6 under along with 2011 champion Karrie Webb and Jenny Shin. Lewis had a 69, and Webb and Shin shot 70.
Michelle Wie was tied for 23rd at 1 under after a 70.
PUERTO RICO OPEN: At Rio Grande, Puerto Rico, Alex Cejka birdied three of his last five holes for a 5-under 67 and a one-stroke lead in the PGA Tour's wind-swept Puerto Rico Open.
Cejka birdied Nos. 5, 7 and 9 in a bogey-free round to reach 7-under 137 at Trump International-Puerto Rico. A four-time European Tour winner, the 44-year-old Czech-born German is winless on the PGA Tour.
Brandon Hagy was second. Making his third PGA Tour start, he birdied his final hole for a 67.
Argentina's Emiliano Grillo was third at 5 under after a 70.