That sure wasn't the case for Tiger Woods.
One shot out of the lead with three holes to play, Woods closed with three sloppy bogeys to fall four shots behind going into the weekend. That makes the chore a little more difficult in his bid to defend his title at Bay Hill and return to No. 1 in the world.
Haas not only kept bogeys off his card, his longest putt for par was no more than 4 feet in a clean round of 6-under 66. He was tied with Justin Rose, who was poised to take the outright lead until he was fooled by the speed of the greens after late afternoon showers and finished with a three-putt bogey for a 70.
They were at 9-under 135, one shot ahead of John Huh, who had a 69.
The finishing holes have proved pivotal in the opening two rounds. Haas was challenging for the lead on Thursday when he flew his tee shot into the back bunker on the par-3 17th and had to two-putt from 40 feet for bogey. Then, he three-putted from 8 feet on the 18th hole for bogey to ruin his day.
Woods hit the ball better in the second round and had to settle for a higher score, all because of his finish. He had about 210 yards from a fairway bunker on the par-5 16th and caught it heavy, slamming the sand with the back of his club even before the ball took one hop and tumbled into the creek short of the green. He pitched up to 25 feet and took bogey.
Woods followed that with a tee shot into the right rough that forced him to play short of the water, and he hit a poor chip to about 30 feet. He missed that for a 70.
CARLSBAD, Calif. (AP)—Beatriz Recari shot a bogey-free 5-under 67 to take a one-stroke lead over Paula Creamer and Karrie Webb after the second round of the Kia Classic.
Recari, from Spain, had an 8-under 136 total on the hilly Aviara course designed by Arnold Palmer.
Creamer shot a 68, and Webb had a 70. First-round leader Jane Park shot a 69 and was tied at 6 under with Cristie Kerr, I.K. Kim, Inbee Park and Haeji Kang.
Stacy Lewis, playing her first tournament as the world's top-ranked player, was four strokes back after her second straight 70. Michelle Wie missed the cut by a stroke, shooting 74-74.
MISSISSIPPI GULF RESORT CLASSIC
SAUCIER, Miss. (AP)—Hal Sutton, Steve Elkington, Corey Pavin and Roger Chapman shot 3-under 69 in light rain to share the first-round lead in the Champions Tour's Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic.
The 54-year-old Sutton was the most surprising player among the leaders at Fallen Oak. Winless since the PGA Tour's 2001 Houston Open, he had his left hip replaced in October.
Sutton made five birdies and salvaged bogey on the par-4 18th with a 15-foot putt. Pavin made three straight birdies on Nos. 6-8 to vault into a tie for the lead.
Defending champion Fred Couples opened with a 72.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP)—Thailand's Kiradech Aphibarnrat topped the Malaysian Open leaderboard at 10 under with nine holes to play when the second round was suspended because of darkness.
South Africa's Charl Schwartzel and China's Wu Ashun shot 4-under 68 to share the clubhouse lead at 9 under in the event sanctioned by the European and Asian tours.
Third-ranked Luke Donald was even par overall with 11 holes to play.