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Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard

ORLANDO — The second round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard is under way and we’ll have updates from Bay Hill all day. Leave your comments below.


12:30 p.m. – Maybe it helps to have a birthday this week. Jason Dufner, who owns a three-shot lead, turns 35 on Saturday and Johnson Wagner, who is five strokes off the pace in a tie for seventh, turns 32 today.

12:20 p.m. – Bubba Watson got up and down from the left side of the fourth green for a birdie to move into a tie for second at 6 under with Graeme McDowell. The Northern Irishman has played his first 13 holes in 6 under and the two are tied with Charlie Wi, who tees off in 72 minutes.

12:04 p.m. – Ian Poulter is working on what could be his best round since being diagnosed with pneumonia earlier this month. The sartorial Englishman started on the back nine and made the turn in 34. He’s just birdied both par-5s on the front to move to 5 under for the tournament.

11:49 a.m. – A 9-foot eagle putt at the 12th hole has vaulted Johnson Wagner to 5 under and into a tie with Graeme McDowell and Bubba Watson. Watson, you will remember, won the Sony Open in Hawaii and tied for second the following week at the Humana Challenge. The mustachioed man, who was January’s Avis Player of the Month, is one of nine players this week who could take over No. 1 in the FedExCup.

11:38 a.m. – Sergio Garcia continues to impress, shooting 33 on the back nine, his first of the day, to move into the top 10 on the leaderboard at 3 under. He won twice on the European Tour last year but his last victory on the PGA TOUR came at the 2008 PLAYERS Championship.

11:20 a.m. – Don’t look now but Jason Dufner is trying to lap the field. He got up and down for birdie at the par-5 fourth hole to move to 10 under. He leads Charlie Wi by four shots.

11:11 a.m. – Ryan Moore’s first round was relatively indifferent until he came to the seventh hole, his 16th of the day, and made an ace that moved him into red numbers at 1 under. He’s built on that spectacular 5-iron on Friday, too, making four birdies over his first 11 holes. He’s now 5 under for the tournament.

11 a.m. – Jason Dufner isn’t the only player prospering early during the second round. Graeme McDowell, who missed the cut in his last two starts at Bay Hill, has soared into contention with a front-nine 32. The affable Northern Irishman is now 4 under for the tournament and the day.

10:45 a.m. – Jason Dufner’s putter continues to cooperate on Friday. He started on the back nine and rolled in birdie putts of 29 and 8 feet on his first two holes to break out of that tie with Charlie Wi. He then reeled off nine straight pars before making another birdie, rolling in a 7-footer at the third hole to move to 9 under for the tournament. Wi doesn’t tee off until 1:42 p.m.

10:30 a.m. – It’s another warm, sunny day at Bay Hill with temperatures expected to settle into the mid-80s. The breezes are light, topping out at between 8-10 mph, but there is a slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon.

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By Helen Ross, PGATOUR

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