Golf roundup: Rory McIlroy erupts, J.B. Holmes still leads at Doral _lowres

Rory McIlroy reacts after chipping onto the 18th green during the second round of the Cadillac Championship golf tournament in Doral, Fla., Friday, March 6, 2015. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

DORAL, Fla. — J.B. Holmes kept his lead.

Rory McIlroy lost his cool.

Holmes was 11 shots worse than his tournament record-tying 62, finishing with a tee shot in the water and a double bogey on the 18th hole Friday for a 1-over-par 73. That still was enough to take a two-shot lead over Ryan Moore into the weekend at the Cadillac Championship.

McIlroy made the wrong kind of splash at Trump National Doral — first with a shot, then with his club. On a wild afternoon of eagles, birdies and big numbers at every turn, McIlroy produced the biggest highlight when he pulled his 3-iron into the water on the par-5 eighth, then heaved the club some 50 yards into the middle of the lake.

McIlroy managed to salvage a bogey, made three birdies on the back nine and shot a 2-under 70 to stay in the hunt at this World Golf Championship. He was still eight shots behind Holmes, though the Blue Monster is a tough course for anyone to protect a lead.

Holmes was at 9-under 135.

Moore had a 71.

Adam Scott made six birdies in his round of 68 and was three shots behind at 6-under 138. Masters champion Bubba Watson made a pair of eagles, including a bunker shot he holed at the 10th, for a 69. Henrik Stenson bounced back from a double bogey in the water at the par-3 fourth hole with three straight birdies in his round of 71. They were at 4-under 140, five shots behind.

Cejka in front at Puerto Rico Open: In Rio Grande, Puerto Rico, Alex Cejka birdied three of his last five holes for a 5-under 67 and a one-stroke lead in the wind-swept Puerto Rico Open.

Cejka birdied Nos. 5, 7 and 9 in a bogey-free round to reach 7-under 137 at Trump International-Puerto Rico. A four-time European Tour winner, the 44-year-old Czech-born German is winless on the PGA Tour.

Brandon Hagy was second. Making his third PGA Tour start, he birdied his final hole for a 67.

Emiliano Grillo was third at 5-under after a 70. Defending champion Chesson Hadley topped the group at 3-under after a 70.


Ciganda, Park share lead at HSBC: In Singapore, Spain’s Carlota Ciganda shot a 6-under 66 for a share of the lead with South Korea’s Inbee Park after the second round of the HSBC Women’s Champions.

Ciganda matched the second-ranked Park at 9-under 135 on Sentosa’s Serapong Course.

Spain’s Azahara Munoz was third at 7-under after a 67.

Top-ranked Lydia Ko birdied three of the last four holes for a 70 to top the group at 6-under. The 17-year-old is coming off victories in the Women’s Australian Open and New Zealand Women’s Open.

European PGA

Ford has 1-shot lead at Africa Open: In East London, South Africa, England’s Matt Ford shot a 6-under 66 to take a one-stroke lead after the second round of the Africa Open.

Ford had a 11-under 133 total. Eduardo de la Riva was second after a 66.