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March 2 2012

11:30 PM

Round 2: News, notes and more

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- Friday’s second round of The Honda Classic is in the books at PGA National. See below for news, notes and more.

SECOND-ROUND UPDATES (all times ET)

6 p.m.: The second round is winding down at The Honda Classic, where Tom Gillis and Justin Rose lead at 8 under. To put that in perspective, 9 under won this tournament a year ago. The cut is also just 1 over for what is typically one of the most difficult courses on the PGA TOUR. But with players playing ball-in-hand in the opening round because of soft conditions, and little wind either morning, scores have been better. This would be the lowest cut at The Honda Classic since its move to PGA National. The cut last year was 6 over.

5:28 p.m.: Justin Rose closed his round with a par on the ninth hole, giving him a second consecutive 66 and a tie for the lead with Tom Gillis at 8-under par.

5:25 p.m.: Rory McIlroy birdied the par-5 18th hole to close out a round of 67, putting him at 7 under and currently one shot off the lead.

5:05 p.m.: Justin Rose has fallen back into a tie for the lead after consecutive bogeys at Nos. 6 and 7. He parred the par-4 eighth hole and has the par-4 ninth remaining in his round.

4:20 p.m.: Justin Rose now has the lead to himself after a birdie on the par-5 third -- he started on the back -- to get to 5 under on the day and 9 under for the week. Rose has been flawless on a breezy Friday afternoon with five birdies and zero bogeys. He’s now gone 29 straight holes without a bogey and continues to lead the field in greens in regulation at 84 percent.

3:30 p.m.: Justin Rose still has just one bogey -- a double-bogey on the second hole of the first round to be exact -- this week at PGA National, where he’s now tied for the lead at 8 under after turning in 31 on the back nine this afternoon. Rose leads the field in greens hit and is third in fairways . This is just the third stroke-play start of the year for Rose, whose best finish was a tie for 13th in L.A.

3 p.m.: The afternoon wave is on the golf course, which means they’re all playing catch-up to Tom Gillis. Justin Rose and overnight leader Davis Love III are both just a shot back with Rose playing his first eight holes in 3 under and Love his first seven in 1 under. Rory McIlroy is also 1 unde and just made the turn after one birdie and eight pars on the front nine.

2:10 p.m.: Brian Harman, who wasn’t even even in the field as the first alternate on Monday, on nearly shooting 59 before finishing with a course-record 61 Friday: “Just to have a chance to do something special like that is really humbling and pretty cool,” Harman said. “I just got it rolling today. It was one of those days where everything bounced my way and I made a lot of putts.”

1:44 p.m.: The 59 watch ended for Brian Harman when he missed on holing a bunker shot for eagle on the par-5 18th. His birdie attempt from five feet slid past the cup and the rookie settled for par and a 9-under 61 -- three shots better than the previous course record. He's two behind leader Tom Gillis.

1:25 p.m.: Brian Harman makes a routine par from the back fringe on the par-3 17th. He's headed to the par-5 18th where a par shatters the course record by three shots. Click here to track Harman on No. 18.

1:11 p.m.: There's no slowing down Harman. ANOTHER birdie on 16 after rolling in his putt from 13 feet 4 inches. He's now 9-under for the day, with eight birdies and an eagle.

1:00 p.m.: Make that 8-under for rookie Brian Harman. He hit his tee shot on 15 to 2 feet 5 inches and sank the birdie putt. Current course record is 64, which was tied yesterday by Davis Love III and today by Tom Gillis.

12:50 p.m.: Brian Harman is flirting with a course record. He jump started his round, going birdie-birdie-eagle on the first three holes. With a birdie on the 14th, he's 7-under for the day, but he still has the Bear Trap to get through.

12:30 p.m.: Tiger Woods closed what had been a fairly unimpressive second round with two very clutch birdies on 8 and 9 for a 68. He had a putt from 6 feet five inches on 8 and a putt from 11 feet on 9. He's now 1 under for the week, and safely inside the cutline.

11:30 a.m.: Jupiter resident Tom Gillis shot a course record-tying 64 Friday and as a result leads at 8 under here at PGA National. This is a home game for Gillis, who lives in Jupiter and was flawless in the second round with eight birdies and no bogeys. The biggest reason Gillis is where he is? He had 11 one-putts.

11 a.m.: The up and down day for Tiger Woods took a decided turn down on the par-3 fifth, where Woods rinsed his tee shot and made double bogey. That drops him to even on the round and 1 over for the tournament. The latter puts him squarely on the fence of the cut line, which is currently right at 1 under. Meanwhile, Tom Gillis continues to lead at 7 under as he finishes his round on the 18th now. Overnight leader Davis Love III will tee off at 1 p.m., while Rory McIlroy will go off 30 minutes earlier at 12:30 p.m.

10:30 a.m.: The second round of The Honda Classic is in full swing, and a new leader has emerged with Tom Gillis moving to the top of the leaderboard at 7 under after playing his first 14 holes in 5 under. Gillis lives in nearby Jupiter, Fla., and knows the course well. He’s also taken advantage of pretty benign conditions with five birdies and zero bogeys. Gillis clearly has the putter working with 10 one-putts so far. It hasn’t hurt that on six of his last seven holes he’s hit it to inside 15 feet every time. Right behind Gillis on the leaderboard is rookie Harris English, who is 2 under through seven. Further down the board, Tiger Woods hasn’t gained much ground, playing his first nine holes in 1 under to get to even par for the tournament. Once again he hasn’t given himself many looks at birdie and when he has, he’s missed most of them, including one from 7 feet on the 18th hole.

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