Adam Scott keeps putting his name in the Bay Hill record book, each round moving him closer to a handshake with The King.
One day after opening with a record-tying 62 in the Arnold Palmer Invitational, Scott hit his stride around the turn Friday with five birdies in an eight-hole stretch. Even with a three-putt bogey on his final hole, Scott still had a 4-under 68 for a seven-shot lead.
He was at 14-under 130, matching the 36-hole record at Bay Hill (Fla.) first set by Tom Watson and Andy Bean in 1981. And his seven-shot margin at the halfway point shattered the record held by Tiger Woods (2002) and Paul Azinger (1988).
Scott sounds like he's not the least bit satisfied.
"The challenge might be just to start again and try and play a great 36 holes," the reigning Masters champion said. "Start fresh and try to be the leader after the next 36."
That would merit a visit with Arnold Palmer, the tournament host known simply as "The King" in golf circles.
J.B. Holmes (69), Chesson Hadley (68) and Francesco Molinari were tied for second at 137.
Keegan Bradley had the low score of the blustery second round with a 67, putting him in a group at 138 that included Brandt Snedeker (71) and Jamie Donaldson (71).
"I think I'm 10 behind and playing pretty well for two rounds," said Snedeker, who was off by two. "He's playing pretty phenomenal. He's going to be a tough guy to catch. ... Seems like an awfully special week if you can get close to him."
Scott missed only two fairways and has taken just 52 putts over 36 holes.
"Seven shots over two days is not enough," Scott said. "I don't think you can ever be enough in the lead, to be honest."
LPGA: Mirim Lee shot a 5-under 67 in the JTBC Founders Cup to take a two-stroke lead over 16-year-old Lydia Ko into the weekend in Phoenix.
Lee, a 23-year-old South Korean, played the final eight holes in 5 under, making an eagle and three birdies to reach 13-under 131 at Wildfire Golf Club.
Ko, the Canadian Women's Open winner as an amateur the last two years, shot a 66. Sun Young Yoo was third at 10 under after a 65. Michelle Wie (70) topped the group at 8 under.
Champions: Fred Couples shot a 6-under 66 to take a two-stroke lead at the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic at Fallen Oak. Couples began the day on No. 10 and made five birdies over his first eight holes.
San Mateo's Michael Allen, last year's champion, was paired with Couples and shot a 68 to share second place.
Jeff Maggert, making his tour debut, Kenny Perry, David Frost and Jay Haas were also at 4 under.
Fleck passes away: Jack Fleck, who won the 1955 U.S. Open in a playoff with Ben Hogan, died in Fort Smith, Ark. He was 92. Fleck's birdie on the 72nd hole forced an 18-hole playoff in the 1955 Open at The Olympic Club, which he won by three shots.