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ORLANDO FLORIDA- MARCH 07 Rafa Cabrera Bello of Spain plays a shot on the ninth hole during the first round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational Presented by Mastercard at the Bay Hill Club

Hadwin made six birdies against four bogeys in a round that was hurt by a couple three-putts.

Back at the Arnold Palmer Invitational for the first time in six years, Mickelson capped off a wild round by almost holing his approach from the 18th fairway for his seventh birdie on a round that will be remembered more for the shot Lefty tried to play right-handed.

Rafa Cabrera Bello, who shot 7-under 65 on Thursday for a two-shot lead, played in the afternoon.

Leishman was pleased his scorecard had just one bogey, with three birdies ensuring he is still not out of the race going into the third round.

Starting on the tenth tee just after 7 a.m., the 34-year-old Spaniard birdied four of his first six holes, to shoot 32 on his first nine.

World number two Justin Rose hit a 70 to sit six shots off the pace but the tournament ended early for five times major victor Phil Mickelson, who failed to make the cut after a six-over 78 that included three bogeys and two doubles. This time, the new Rules of Golf helped Mickelson because he was able to move the ball one club length and escaped with double bogey.

"I was able to get clear - I thought - clean contact on it from a right-handed shot perspective", he said. "It's exciting, I've put myself in a good position, so I'm looking forward to it".

Hadwin is coming off a two-week break and says his game feels more consistent than it was at the Genesis Open in California, where he shot back-to-back 77s on the weekend.

Five golfers shot 68 and are tied for third at four-under, including major champions Bubba Watson, Graeme McDowell and, somehow, Mickelson.

Justin Rose shot 71, one better than defending champion Rory McIlroy, whose birdie putt at the last cruelly lipped out of the hole.

"I had come off a bogey at one, so wasn't really happy on the (second) tee", he said. "And it's hard enough going out there trying to get your golf ball around 18 holes here at this great golf course and just trying to stay in the moment".

"My back was sore when I was practicing from Tuesday to Saturday, and I was going to practice on Sunday, but I woke up and couldn't really walk or sit in the vehicle, " said Day, who has a history of back issues.

Jason Day withdrew from the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill after six holes on Thursday, citing a back injury that left him struggling to walk.

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