Former Buchanan High golfer Kevin Chappell didn't make the cut at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, but the ex-Bears star did have his moment in the sun Friday in Orlando, Fla.
A day after shooting a dreadful 7-over 79, Chappell picked up a hole-in-one using a 5-iron to ace the 216-yard No. 14 at Bay Hill.
Chappell used the hole-in-one to get to 72 for the round, missing the 3-under cutline by four strokes.
Former Fresno State star Nick Watney did make the cut, but a double-bogey on No. 6 and a bogey on No. 8 saw him stumble into the clubhouse while finishing his round of 4-over 76 on the front nine. He fell into a tie for 42nd at 1-over 145.
The leaders were Bill Haas and Justin Rose.
Haas wanted to atone for the way he finished his opening round. He did that and more Friday.
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. 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.
"The good news is we've got 36 holes to go," Woods said. "We've got a long way to go. And certainly four shots can be made up."
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 (69).
The finishing holes have proved pivotal in the opening two rounds. Haas was challenging for the lead Thursday when he flew his tee shot into the back bunker on No. 17 and had to two-putt from 40 feet for bogey. Then, he three-putted from 8 feet on No. 18.
"So to leave, basically giving two away, my goal today was try to get those two back and go from there," Haas said.