Scott opens 7-shot lead at Bay Hill

Orlando, FL ( - Adam Scott continued his hot play on Friday as he carded a 4-under 68 and pushed his lead to seven strokes after two rounds of the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

Scott, who tied the course record of 62 on Thursday, matched the tournament's 36-hole scoring mark on Friday as he finished 36 holes at 14-under-par 130. His total of 130 matched the mark that Andy Bean and Tom Watson set in 1981.

The Australian could have broken that record, but he ended his round with a 3- putt bogey on the 18th at Bay Hill.

J.B. Holmes (69), Francesco Molinari (70) and Puerto Rico Open winner Chesson Hadley (68) share second place at minus-7.

Keegan Bradley, who shared third here last year, posted a 5-under 67. He moved into a share of fifth at 6-under 138. He was joined there by Brandt Snedeker (71), Jamie Donaldson (71), Jason Kokrak (71) and Morgan Hoffmann (71).

Scott, who battled a sore throat through the round, got off to a slow start as he parred the first five holes. He got on the board with a 2-putt birdie on the par-5 sixth. However, Scott gave that shot right back as he found sand off the tee on the par-3 seventh and failed to get up and down for par.

The reigning Masters champion drained a 13-footer for birdie on the ninth as he made the turn at minus-11. Scott birdied the 11th from five feet out and made it two in a row as his 6-footer for birdie on the 12th found the bottom of the cup.

Those two birdies pushed Scott's lead to six strokes. After a pair of pars, he poured in a 28-foot birdie try at No. 15. Scott came right back with a 2-putt birdie on the par-5 16th.

Scott was eight clear of the field at that point, but his lead was trimmed by one as he 3-putted for bogey on the 18th to end seven clear.

"Making the putt on the first when it comes down to it was kind of very handy and kept some momentum going off yesterday," said Scott of his 13-foot par putt on No. 1. "I managed to hit the ball very nicely today. Probably struck it better than I did yesterday, but didn't make as many putts.

"It was a good, solid round. I was never really out of position and I managed myself pretty well."

Holmes stumbled to a double-bogey on the 11th. He got those strokes back with birdies on the 12th and 15th. After six consecutive pars around the turn, Holmes birdied the fourth to get to minus-5. The two-time winner in Phoenix birdied the seventh and ninth to gain a share of second place.

Molinari, who also played the back nine first on Friday, ran off eight consecutive pars to open his round. He tripped to a bogey on the 18th to make the turn at minus-4.

After five pars in a row to start his second nine, Molinari eagled the par-5 sixth, then closed with a birdie on the ninth to end at minus-7.

Hadley birdied the fourth and sixth, both par-5s to move to minus-5. He parred eight in a row before back-to-back birdies at 15 and 16. Hadley parred the last two to grab a piece of second.

NOTES: Scott's total of 130 is his second-best 36-hole score in his PGA Tour career ... His 7-stroke lead matches the third-largest since 1970 on the PGA Tour ... Tiger Woods, who won this title for an eighth time last year, withdrew earlier in the week with back spasms ... Jeff Overton (wrist) and Rory Sabbatini (neck) both withdrew during their rounds ... The cut line fell at 2-over-par 146 with 76 professionals and one amateur making it to the weekend ... Among those that missed the cut were Angel Cabrera, Nicolas Colsaerts, Justin Rose, Lee Westwood and Darren Clarke.