|Arnold Palmer Invitation Round 2 Ranking|
|-seven T Hatton (Eng), S Kang (Kor); -6 D Lee (NZ); -5 H English (United States), S Im (Kor), R McIlroy (NI); -4 M Leishman (Aus), P Reed (United States), C Bezuidenhout (SA), S Burns (United States), B Todd (United States), T Hoge (United States)|
|Others selected: -2 G McDowell (NI), D Willett (ing), M Wallace (eng); +1 B Koepka (United States); +2 I Poulter (Eng); +4 L Westwood (Eng); +5 R Knox (Sco), P Mickelson (United States), A Scott (Aus); +6 J Rose (Eng); +8 T Fleetwood (ing); +9 P Harrington (Ire)|
England’s Tyrrell Hatton shares the lead for the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill, with Rory McIlroy two shots behind after the second round.
World number 32 Hatton reached seventh under Korean Sung Kang, but said: “I felt like I lost my swing and I didn’t know where it was going to go.”
McIlroy had four birdies in the gentle breeze, but returned a hit of 73.
Tommy Fleetwood, Justin Rose, Phil Mickelson and Lee Westwood were among those who have missed the cup three times.
Fleetwood failed to qualify after a second straight 76 left eight more and ended a 33-game PGA Tour streak.
Compatriot Hatton won the Turkish Open in November and after a wrist surgery this month, he returned with sixth place at last month’s WGC-Mexico championship.
He started his second round in the 10th hole three shots from the head and a superb six-foot six-iron in the 17th gave him one of five birdies in a 69 under three.
McIlroy hasn’t finished outside the top 10 of any tournament since September, but after his sixth straight opening round of 68 or better, he was short of his best record on day two.
The world number one was only a head shot overnight, but took three shots in the right direction on the way to a double bogey in the eighth and needed a putie birdie of 20 feet to normal 17 to restart his round.
“It was more difficult to find fairways in a crosswind, I made some mistakes but I resisted to stay in the tournament,” he said.
First-round leader Matt Every, a two-time former winner, missed the cup after registering four double bogeys in an 83 to finish on four.
World number 309 Every, which won in 2014 and 2015, took 18 more shots than its first day total. The 36-year-old made an 85 by missing the cup at the Honda Open last week.