Rickie Fowler leads at Honda Classic after second consecutive 66

Rickie Fowler leads at Honda Classic after second consecutive 66
Rickie Fowlerwatches his tee shot at No. 14 during the second round of the Honda Classic on Friday. (David Cannon / Getty Images)

Rickie Fowler kept bogeys off his card for the second straight round Friday for a four-under-par 66 and the early lead in the Honda Classic at Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

In some respects, it was identical to Fowler's opening round — no bogeys, another 66 in windy conditions and a big par save on his 10th hole. Having started on the back nine, Fowler worked himself out of his toughest spot well right of the fairway and managed to get up-and-down for par to keep some momentum.


Otherwise, this was a clean day. His longest par putt was 12 feet on the fourth hole after driving into the bunker, and he ended his round with a 25-foot birdie putt on the ninth hole to reach eight-under 132.

Jimmy Walker finished birdie-eagle, holing a 40-foot putt on the 18th hole for a 66 and was one shot behind. Sergio Garcia had a 69 and was another stroke back.

Fowler is the first person to go bogey-free over the opening 36 holes at the Honda Classic since it moved to PGA National in 2007.

"I'm definitely pleased about that," Fowler said. "Got a nice break on 1 to kind of continue that. But yeah, I kept myself in it with some up-and-downs, made some good putts, and then continued to move forward. Made a couple birdies coming in, so it was a little bit of a bonus there at the last."

Rory McIlroy was hopeful of a bonus to keep playing.

He headed home after a 72 and it was uncertain if he would be back this week. McIlroy took a triple bogey on the par-five fifth — his 14th hole of the round — and a birdie on the final hole put him at four-over 144. He would not speak to reporters as he left the course.

It would be the second straight year for McIlroy to miss the cut.

Yang leads LPGA Thailand tournament

Defending champion Amy Yang carded a three-under 69 to lead by one halfway through the LPGA Thailand in Chonburi.

Yang trailed first-round leader Lexi Thompson by two before teeing off at Siam Country Club, then had consecutive bogeys on Nos. 5 and 6, but rallied with four birdies, including on the par-three 12th.

At nine under overall, the South Korean was one shot ahead of countrywoman Q Baek (71) and Americans Jessica Korda (66) and Thompson (72).

Uihlein, Rumford tied at Perth International

Overnight leader Peter Uihlein of the United States shot a four-under 68 and was tied for the second-round lead with Brett Rumford at the Perth International, with former British Open champion Louis Oosthuizen a stroke behind on Friday.

Uihlein, who birdied his final two holes after starting on the back nine, and Rumford, who carded 65, had 36-hole totals of 11-under 133 at Lake Karrinyup Country Club.


Oosthuizen, the 2010 British Open champion playing for the first time in Australia, had a 64 for the low round of the day after an opening 70.

Two-way tie at Australian Ladies Masters

Nicole Broch Larsen of Denmark and Sweden's Camilla Lennarth took a two-stroke, second-round lead at the Australian Ladies Masters.

Lennarth shot her second consecutive fiver-under 68 while Broch Larsen, thanks to a chip-in eagle on the final hole, carded a 69 for two-round totals of 10-under 136 at Royal Pines.

Brooke Henderson of Canada, who led with Broch Larsen after the first round with 67s, was tied for third after a 71 with South Korean Jiyai Shin (70).