Tiger Woods Takes Third Round Lead at Arnold Palmer Invitational

By Carl Conrad
Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

It looks like Tiger Woods decided enough was enough and it was time to put together a complete round and go low. He did just that on Saturday at the Arnold Palmer Invitational Presented by Mastercard where he shot a six under par 66 in the third round. His impressive third round performance puts him at 11 under par for the event and gives him a two shot lead over a group of golfers currently sitting at nine under par.

“I played actually halfway decent today,” Woods said. “I made a few putts. I think that was the key today. At a few events over the course of my career I’ve played well, and this is one of them.” Halfway decent is definitely an understatement for the performance Woods had today.

He has three eagles this week alone. He had four during the entire 2012 PGA Tour season. His putter has been carrying him as of late. He’s averaging fewer than 26 putts per round over his last seven rounds of golf. Granted, he still needs to put himself in a position off of the tee to have the opportunity to make putts and score, but the short stick has been kind to Woods as of late.

When Woods takes the lead into the final round of a golf tournament, it’s rare that he fails to parlay that into a victory. He was won 51 of the 55 events that he has led after the third round. The good news for the field is that there is a chance. The bad news for the rest of the field is that Tiger is playing well and is likely to increase his lead and pull out the victory at Bay Hill.  

Carl Conrad is the Senior Golf Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter or add him to your network on Google.


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