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Adam Scott skating at Bay Hill; Tiger Woods will not need surgery

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If this is what it is like to be sick with flu-like symptoms, Adam Scott should never get a flu shot.

The current Masters champion has turned the normally difficult Bay Hill Club into his own personal playground while building a seven-shot lead after two rounds of the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

He followed up his course-record 62 on Thursday with a 68 on Friday, matching the lowest ever second-round total of 14-under-par in this popular PGA Tour event.

While much of the rest of the field struggled with a course that firmed up overnight, Scott just kept firing and smiling, especially on the par fives. He birdied three of the four on Friday, bringing him to a total of 9-under-par on the 5’s this week (including two eagles on Thursday).

Only one other player bettered Scott’s second-round 68. Keegan Bradley shot 67, moving him into a tie for fifth at 6-under. JB Holmes, Chesson Hadley and Francesco Molinari are tied for second at 7-under.

Only 48 players shot par or better Friday, compared to 75 on Thursday. Unless the course gets soaked with a good rain, that number will go way down over the weekend as the greens turn into smooth, green tabletops.

Tiger Woods has a bulging disc

Tiger Woods might have withdrawn Tuesday from the tournament he has dominated over the years, but the World No. 1 is still in the news at Bay Hill. According to Jeff Rude of Golfweek, Tiger Woods has a bulging disc in his back that won't require surgery. That is better news than many had expected, but his availability for The Masters in three weeks remains in question.

Allergies sideline Bubba Watson

Bubba Watson lives in the dry environ of Arizona, and often struggles with allergies when he plays golf in Central Florida as spring is beginning to bloom.

He says that was the case Thursday at Bay Hill, when he withdrew from the tournament after shooting an ugly 83 – a full 21 shots behind Scott. That number included an 11 on the par five sixth hole, when he dunked three tee shots into the lake.

Peyton Manning tells Tiger tales at Bay Hill Club

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning sat down with Golf Channel’s Charlie Rymer today at Bay Hill Club for an interview that will air on Morning Drive, Saturday and Sunday at 9:30 a.m. Among other things, you’ll hear Manning talk about playing golf with Tiger Woods every March and the friendly ribbing they give each other. Manning shares an entertaining story where he incorporates the use of Woods’ name in calling audibles for both the Colts and Broncos.

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