Orlando: Briton Justin Rose returned a seven-under 65 to grab the first-round lead at the Arnold Palmer Invitational on Thursday, while Tiger Woods got his bid for an eighth Bay Hill title off to a solid start.
Helped by a red-hot putter, Rose outshone playing partners Woods and South African Ernie Els by mixing an eagle and six birdies with a single bogey.”
Woods, who can reclaim the No. 1 ranking from Rory McIlroy with a win on Sunday, was not at his best but battled to a three-under 69 to headline a pack of 10 golfers four shots off the lead.
He feasted on Bay Hill’s par fives, carding three birdies and an eagle on the four holes but he undid much of his good work with back-to-back bogeys at 17 and 18. (Reuters)