Woods missed it after he was penalized two shots for wrongly taking a free drop, and top-ranked McIlroy was frustrated trying to adjust to his new Nike clubs, even though he used his old Titleist putter in the second round. Both had 3-over-par 75s Friday.
Justin Rose played solid, mistake-free golf. Away from the large galleries, the Englishman shot 69 for a 136 total and a one-shot lead at the halfway point over Jamie Donaldson (70) of Wales, Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano (67) of Spain and Thorbjorn Olesen (69) of Denmark .
"I didn't hit it particularly well," Woods said. "I putted great but just didn't hit it very good. I was struggling with that. I have some work to do, and next week, I'm playing at Torrey Pines [in San Diego]."
Woods thought he was safe in finishing his second round at 73. But he was advised by the European Tour chief referee Andy McFee of the penalty, giving him a 75 and 3-over total of 147. The cut for the top 60 plus ties was 2 over. McFee said he warned Woods on the 11th tee of the penalty, which was a result of his taking a free drop when his ball was embedded in sand, which is not allowed.
Mickelson nine back
James Hahn and Roberto Castro remained atop the PGA Tour's Humana Challenge after two rounds in La Quinta, Calif., by shooting 5-under 67s in the pro-am tournament. Hahn and Castro are 14 under after another day of perfect conditions in the Coachella Valley. They began the round tied for the lead with Jason Kokrak at 63.
Phil Mickelson shot 67 on PGA West's Jack Nicklaus Private Course after opening with a par 72 at La Quinta. The tournament winner in 2002 and 2004, he's beginning his season after recovering from flu symptoms.
David Frost of South Africa shot 7-under 65 to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Mitsubishi Electric Championship in Kaupulehu-Kona, Hawaii. The tournament opens the 34th Champions Tour season.-- AP