DeChambeau, Stenson tied for lead at Bay Hill

Mar 19, 2018, 00:24
DeChambeau, Stenson tied for lead at Bay Hill

Large crowds continued to flock to catch a glimpse of Woods, even as he battled to stay within shouting distance of the leaders Saturday.

Overnight leader Stenson emerged from the pack after duelling with Bryson DeChambeau on day three at Bay Hill, posting a one-under-par 71 in the PGA Tour event.

Four-time major victor McIlroy, who has dropped from the top of the rankings to 10th, said he felt "really positive" heading into the tournament.

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"I've got a chance; I'm five back and my responsibility is to go out and shoot a low one", Woods said. With his ball plugged near the side of the slip, he swung a little harder to make sure the shaft didn't get stuck banging into the side of the turf and holed a 20-foot par putt.

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At least he knows the course, even if he hasn't been here in five years. Woods made good work on the par-5s for the second time this week, birdieing three of the four. Charley Hoffman, Rickie Fowler, Talor Gooch and South Korea's Byeong Hun An settled in at 8 under and a tie for sixth.

The eight-time Bay Hill victor Woods now shares fifth place with world No.7 Rickie Fowler.

"I've been up in the mix and let's hope for a different outcome tomorrow", Stenson said. I feel like over the last couple of months of 2017 into this year I sort of rediscovered my love for the game a little bit.

Stenson had four consecutive top-10 showings between 2013 and 2016 but has yet to win at Bay Hill.

It was clear early that this would be a struggle, especially when he ran a putt off the green and onto the fringe at No. 9 for this second bogey. He answered a bogey at 10 with birdies at the par-5 12th and 16th, only to miss the green at the par-3 17th on the way to bogey. McIlroy finished his round strongly with birdies on 16 and 18 to leave himself well positioned heading into Sunday.

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In trademark fashion, 14-time major victor Woods refused to rule himself out of the contest as he chases a ninth victory at Bay Hill.

Woods was five shots behind.

Woods curled in a 12-foot birdie putt at the par-4 18th to complete his day, cocking for a full-speed fist pump before adopting a mellow low-key finish.

Stenson, who had chances to win the Arnold Palmer Invitational two of the last three years, fought through a rugged stretch with par saves and made three birdies after the turn for a 3-under 69 on Friday.

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