Charley Hoffman grabs 36-hole lead at Arnold Palmer Invitational

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Charley Hoffman grabs 36-hole lead at Arnold Palmer Invitational

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Charley Hoffman grabs 36-hole lead at Arnold Palmer Invitational

Here is a recap of Friday’s second round of the 2017 Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill Club & Lodge:

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LEADING: Charley Hoffman has struggled of late, missing two of his last three cuts. But a simple fix with his putter has turned things around. Hoffman fired a 6-under 66 on Friday to reach 10 under and open up a one-shot lead. In a season where he ranks 188th on the PGA Tour in strokes gained: putting, Hoffman has gained roughly four shots on the field this week with the flatstick. The 40-year-old is looking for his fifth PGA Tour victory and first since capturing the Valero Texas Open last spring.

CHASING: Two touted youngsters are the elder Hoffman’s immediate competition. First-round co-leaders Emiliano Grillo, 24, and Matt Fitzpatrick, 22, fell from the top spot, but it was still a solid day for both. Grillo played the par-5s in 6 under (two eagles, two birdies) in a 4-under 68 to reach 9 under and remain within one. Fitzpatrick, a sneaky phenom, didn’t have quite those exploits, but birdies on 16 and 17 allowed him to finish two days at 8 under.

SHOT OF THE DAY: Grillo kick-started his second round with this beautiful bunker hole-out for eagle at the par-5 12th (his third hole of the day). What a way to start, as Grillo would actually make two eagles in his first seven holes.

QUOTABLE: “Sometimes it’s hard for me to accept I’m not doing something right.” – Charley Hoffman, on his putting change

CHIP SHOTS:  Tommy Fleetwood matched the round of the day with a 66. The Englishman needed a great round. After opening in 78, Fleetwood jumped 68 spots to T-39, as he made the cut at even par. … Defending champion Jason Day made it consecutive sub-par rounds, as the Australian shot 71 to post at 3 under. He’s T-13 heading into the weekend. … Kevin Kisner, Marc Leishman and Lucas Glover are all tied for fourth at 7 under. … After 18 straight events missing the cut or withdrawing, Matt Every overcomes plenty of demons to finally make the weekend this week at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. A two-time winner at this event, Every fired a second-round 70 to find himself T-26 through 36 holes. … Rory McIlroy posted 71 to sit T-46 heading into the weekend. … Rickie Fowler will also make it to Saturday. He’s T-58 at 2 over. … Wesley Bryan jumped 35 spots with a second-round 70. Finishing at 3 over, he made the cut on the number. … Sam Saunders, Arnold Palmer’s grandson, went 74-74 to finish 4 over and unfortunately miss the cut by one. He’s joined in an early exit by Henrik Stenson (5 over).

UP NEXT: Saturday’s third round will be on Golf Channel from 12:30-2:30 p.m. ET before switching over to NBC for coverage from 2:30-6 p.m. Follow all the action live on Golfweek.com and our Facebook and Twitter feeds.

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