In the third round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard, Tiger Woods leads at 11-under par.
Following a third-round 72, Justin Rose reflects on his play in the 2013 Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard with Tom Werme from SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio.
ORLANDO, Fla. -- There's a familiar face atop the leaderbaord at the Arnold Palmer Invitaional presented by MasterCard.
Tiger Woods shot a 6-under 66 Saturday to take a two-shot into the final round at Bay Hill, a course he will be trying to win on for the eighth time in his career.
Tied for second is Rickie Fowler, who will play with Woods in Sunday's final pairing.
Woods and Fowler were paired together in the final round of last year's Memorial tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance. Fowler shot 84, while Woods shot 67 on his way to the victory.
John Huh and Justin Rose are tied with Fowler at 9 under.
Should Woods go on to win here, it would be his third victory of the year and sixth in his last 19 stroke-play events on the PGA TOUR, dating back to last year at Bay Hill when the run began.
A victory would also tie Woods with Sam Snead as the only players to have won the same tournament eight times.
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
ORLANDO, Fla. -- A year ago, Tiger Woods made the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard his first PGA TOUR win in more than two years.
After a 6-under 66 Saturday at Bay Hill, he's in
position to win it again, leading by two over Rickie Fowler, John Huh
and Justin Rose.
But this isn't the same Woods that was victorious here 12 months ago.
"I'm much more comfortable," Woods said. "Also I'm feeling pretty good physically. Last year at this point I had just pulled out of Doral.
"I've had one more year of working on my game and here I am."
What a difference a year can make. Here is Woods alright.
Should he win Sunday it would be his third victory of the season and sixth in his last 19 stroke-play starts on TOUR. It would also move him back to No. 1 in the world for the first time since Oct. 30, 2010 and move him to the top of the FedExCup standings.
"I just understand how to fix my game," Woods said, explaining the difference between him now and a year ago. "It's taken me a while. I was hurt for a long time. The changes to make the swing from where I was to now is a pretty big change."
Saturday, there wasn't much that needed fixing.
Woods looked more like his old self, making five birdies, just one bogey and an eagle that stirred the crowd around the par-5 16th into a frenzy and elicited a familiar fist pump from Woods.
"I hit a bad shot here and there, and that's easy to fix," Woods continued. "I know what my fix is going to be and that makes a big difference."
So does good putting.
Woods needed just 25 putts Saturday, and he missed only one from inside 10 feet after missing three from inside that range each of the last two days.
"I feel comfortable with the putts," Woods said. "I hit a lot of good ones today."
He hit a lot of good irons, too, including on the par-5 sixth, which he reached in two before two-putting for birdie.
His best of the day, however, came on the 15th, where he flushed a 6-iron from 196 yards to about 15 feet. He made the putt, helping erase a bogey from two holes earlier.
Then came the eagle on 16 and back-to-back pars to finish, which left him in a far better mood than a day earlier when he closed with three straight bogeys.
"I was hot," Woods said of the previous day's finish.
Saturday, he was a different kind of hot.
Said Woods: "I'm excited about tomorrow."
ORLANDO, Fla. -- There's a familiar name atop the leaderboard at the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard: Tiger Woods.
Woods rattled off birdies on Nos. 10 and 15 before burying a 20-footer for eagle -- setting off a familiar fist pump -- on the par-5 16th hole at Bay Hill Club & Lodge to reach 11 under in the third round on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Justin Rose dropped shots at the 10th, 13th and 14th hole and is currently 10 under through 15 holes.
Woods is playing the 18th hole. Rickie Fowler finished with a third-round 67 and is third at 9 under.
ORLANDO, Fla. -- After a bogey-free second round, Bill Haas hasn't been so fortunate in the third round.
The overnight co-leader, Haas got off to a good start Saturday with back-to-back birdies on his first two holes. He gave them both back, however, with a double bogey on the par-4 fifth after hitting his approach long, leaving his third on the fringe and taking three more strokes to get down from there.
Five holes later, Haas made another double, this time hitting his tee shot left and out of bounds before finding the green in four and two-putting from 10 feet.
As a result, Haas is now 1 over on the day and has dropped back to 8 under, three shots off the lead of Justin Rose.
Meanwhile, Rickie Fowler has moved into second along with Tiger Woods and John Huh, all at 9 under.
Tiger Woods nearly aced the par-3 seventh before settling for birdie.
ORLANDO, Fla. -- The bad news for Tiger Woods: He's still five shots off the lead as he makes the turn at Bay Hill. The good news: It could have been a lot more.
Woods badly pulled his tee shot on the ninth hole. Instead of going out of bounds, however, it hit a tree and stayed in play. The end result: A much-needed par.
Through his first nine holes, Woods has three birdies and no bogeys despite hitting just over half his fairways and greens.
The first of the birdies came on the par-5 fourth, where he laid up to 124 yards and hit to 8 feet. Two holes later, he reached the 530-yard par-5 in two before two-putting from just over 30 feet.
Woods kept the momentum going on No. 7, sticking his tee shot on the par-3 to inside 3 feet.
While Woods is still five off the lead of Justin Rose, there are only four names ahead of him on the leaderboard.
One of them: Keegan Bradley, who is 7 under on his round as he plays the 18th.
Nicholas Thompson goes 2 feet deep in water to play this greenside shot from the hazard on the 17th hole on Saturday. Wait until you see the result.
ORLANDO, Fla. -- There is a 40 percent chance of thunderstorms this afternoon at Bay Hill. In the meantime, there has been a flurry of birdies.
The final pair of the day, Bill Haas and Justin Rose, just teed off with both making birdie on the opening hole. They're not alone.
Thorbjorn Olesen, who is in his first year on the PGA TOUR, is 5 under through his first eight holes and is within three of the lead and a stroke behind John Huh, who is in third alone.
Rickie Fowler is also off to a fast start with three birdies in his first six holes, including on each of his last two holes.
In all, there are 14 players within five strokes of the lead, including defending champion Tiger Woods, who just made his first birdie of the day on the par-5 fourth to stay four shots back.