Published: Mon, March 19, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Stenson holds one-shot lead at Bay Hill, Woods five back

Stenson holds one-shot lead at Bay Hill, Woods five back

Henrik Stenson will carry a one-shot lead into the final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational after recording a 71 to move to 12 under on Saturday.

At 12, Woods blasted from a bunker to four feet and sank the birdie putt, then made a 14-foot birdie putt at 13 to pull one shy of the lead. "I was just trying to lag it down there, just make my par and get outta here and it had a crash at the hole, which I'm not complaining about, and it went in".

But instead of revelling in his impressive performance, four-time major champion McIlroy voiced his displeasure with some of the behaviour at Bay Hill Golf Course. He added birdies on Nos.

"I think that I didn't really miss a shot the last six holes", said Stenson, who was at 12-under 204. ". I think you guys definitely take it to another level". I know that people want to come and enjoy themselves, and I'm all for that.

Fowler immediately slipped back with a long-range three-putt bogey at the 13th, with Stenson edging back ahead with a close-range gain on the par-five 12th. And a week after Justin Thomas - now one of the top five golfers in the world - called it "unacceptable" that members of his gallery were yelling while he was trying to concentrate, he ejected a fan from a tournament for shouting that Thomas's tee shot should roll into a bunker (Thomas later apologized).

He bogeyed the second hole but rallied to birdie three of his next four holes. Tiger Woods return has predictably attracted considerable attention. About his incredible form on the greens, he said: "I freed up, I didn't worry too much about mechanics, I used a lot of visualisation and that's all I really tried to do this week".

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He tied for 10th with Grayson Murray, Bud Cauley and Patrick Reed.

"I'm gonna have to shoot a low one tomorrow, and probably get a little bit of help", said Woods. ". Maybe I've been getting bogged down a little bit too much in mechanics, trying to hit ideal putts instead of - you know, the hole is quite wide, you don't have to hit flawless putts for it to go in".

Tiger Woods, an eight-time victor at Bay Hill, had a 69 to cap another solid comeback effort and a tie for fifth. "You know how he's doing out there, you can tell by the reaction of the crowd. It's great to be back".

The former world number one appeared unhappy with the ruling as he took the headcover off his fairway wood and threw it behind him before making the lonely walk back to the tee, from where his third shot also sailed right.

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So Sunday will be a big day at one of the biggest tournaments so far in 2018.

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