|-9 K Kitayama (USA); -7 J Speith (USA); -6 X Schauele (USA), C Conners (Can); -5 D Riley (USA), P Cantlay (USA), M Fitzpatrick (Eng), J Thomas (USA)|
|Others selected: -4 Scottie Scheffler (USA); -3 J.Rahm (Spa) -2 R McIlroy (NI), A Rai (Eng), S Lowry (Ire)|
Kurt Kitayama shot a four-under 68 in the second round to take a two-shot lead at the Arnold Palmer Invitational after overnight leader Jon Rahm slipped in the standings.
World No. 1 Rahm had a two-shot advantage after the first round but shot a par-four 76 in tough conditions that saw winds of up to 30 mph.
Kitayama had five birdies to take the lead with two shots from Jordan Spieth.
“It’s always a fun challenge to stay in the moment,” he said.
“I feel like when you encounter conditions like this it’s easy to let things get away from you – for me it’s just about staying focused the whole way.”
The event also saw a hole-in-one from Norway’s Viktor Hovland, who hit his 183-yard shot on the seventh hole, eventually finishing at two under.
Chris Kirk – who won the Honda Classic last week – was also a victim of the weather, bringing the field back to two pennies after being tied for second overnight.
England’s Matt Fitzpatrick is the best-placed British interest, sitting on five under, with compatriot Aaron Rai and Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy three strokes behind.
The players are vying for a $20m (£17m) purse, with $3.6m going to the winner.