Tiger Woods shoots 69, climbs leaderboard Saturday at Arnold Palmer Invitational

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Woods was five shots behind.

And he still is on the fringe of contention. Woods strung together three birdies in four holes un his front nine, but undid most of that work with bogeys on the 2nd and 8th holes. "I can take a chance, but at least I had a little bit of room to the right side".

"It's a tournament and a course I like playing; I live in Orlando and I've done very well on a number of occasions here", former British Open champion Stenson said. But with a stronger body and more rhythm to his swing and more feel in his hands, there was no hesitation to give it a go.

Another bogey and birdie followed before he finished his round birdie-bogey-birdie. Each time produced a mini fist-pump.

"I'm within reach if I shoot a really, really low round tomorrow", Woods said. "I had 205 to hole".


"I've been hitting a few really close this week and setting up some good opportunities from three or four feet". So luckily, I had a little bit of room to the right and made a decision to try and pull it off and pulled it off. "But I guess it didn't happen and we've just got to go out and play solid tomorrow to try and have a chance to win it".

Woods, who is now favourite for the Masters next month, is bidding to win his first tournament on the PGA Tour since a seven-shot victory at the Bridgestone Invitational in August 2013.

Then McIlroy stiffed it to within two feet and calmly rolled his ball into the cup for a birdie to get to 10-under for the week, two shots back of leader Henrik Stenson. That's a big ask.

"I'm four back", he said, knowing the leaders had six or seven holes to play, "and I figure I'll be five or six back at the end of the day". He played No. 16 with so much flair over the first three days and made birdie in each of the first three rounds.

Woods, a 14-time major victor making a comeback after back surgery, showed solid form at the Bay Hill course where he has captured eight career titles.


Woods is fresh from coming second at the Valspar Championship to Paul Casey last Sunday, by far his best performance since his return from injury.

"Tiger and I have always enjoyed playing golf together, " Rose said.

His expectations remain tempered - for now.

Woods is seeking a record ninth victory at Bay Hill in just his fifth PGA Tour event since undergoing spinal fusion surgery in April 2017, his fourth back operation in the space of three years. I mean he was phenomenal and now he's gotten so ripped that I'm not sure in golf you need to be ripped.

"I'm not really thinking as much as I was initially".


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