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Day builds two-shot lead at Bay Hill

ORLANDO, Fla. — Jason Day felt like he was bearing down on each shot. He made it look much easier Friday in the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

Day made a pair of long birdie putts and otherwise put on a clinic at Bay Hill for a 7-under 65 that gave him a two-shot lead over Henrik Stenson going into the weekend.

"It was great," he said. "I felt like I couldn't do anything wrong out there."

Day was at 13-under 131 and was five shots ahead of Jamie Lovemark (68) when he finished.

Stenson faced a daunting task — eight shots behind when he teed off in the afternoon — and he shot 31 on the back nine for a 66 to stay in the game. Justin Rose also had a 66 and was three shots behind.

"It's motivating," Stenson said of the deficit he faced. "You can't let it be frustrating that you're eight shots back. He played great, and you've just got to go and do the same, and I managed to do that."

Day, Stenson and Rose will play together today because tee times have been moved forward to avoid the threat of storms.

Rose wasn't bothered to see Day so far ahead. His objective was to take care of the par 5s and keep a clean card, and he did both. Rose is now 9 under on the eight par 5s he has played this week. And he was bogey-free on Friday.

"Yesterday was a colorful scorecard," Rose said of an opening round that included two eagles and a double bogey. "Today, a little bit more solid."

Day was driving it long and straight, hitting his irons well and making big putts. It's a great combination for anyone, particularly a player who reached No. 1 in the world last year by winning four out of six tournaments, including his first major.

Rory McIlroy was able to watch the whole show.

McIlroy, who opened with a 75, was in the group behind Day and saw the Australian start to pull away from the field. McIlroy had his own issues on Friday, starting with a chance to play for two more days. He handled that with ease, making four birdies on the back nine to get above the cut line and posting a 67.

LPGA: At Phoenix, Sei Young Kim made two eagles in a 6-under 66 in the JTBC Founders Cup to take a two-stroke lead into the weekend at Desert Ridge.

The 23-year-old South Korean player had a tournament-record 15-under 129 total. She opened with a 63 on Thursday.

After a 300-yard drive on the par-5 15th, her 165-yard approach nearly bounced into the hole and settled 7 feet past the cup to set up the second eagle. On the par-5 second, she made a 30-foot eagle putt.

WEB.COM: At Broussard, La., Ashland’s Jason Allred played nine holes, recording a 34, before play was suspended because of the threat of lightning at the Chitimacha Louisiana Open. He and others will return this morning and restart their second round.

Allred shot a 4-under-par 67 on Thursday. On Friday, Matt Fast grabbed the clubhouse lead with a 65 in the second round at Le Triomphe Golf and Country Club.

CHAMPIONS: At Tucson, Ariz., Woody Austin had six birdies in a seven-hole stretch and shot a 7-under 65 to take the first-round lead in the PGA Tour Champions' Tucson Conquistadores Classic.