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Tiger Woods Leads by 4 After 14 Holes of Bay Hill Final Round

March 25, 2012

Tiger Woods holds a four-shot lead through 14 holes of his final round at golf’s Arnold Palmer Invitational, where he’s seeking his first victory in 2 1/2 years in a full-field U.S. PGA Tour tournament.

Woods, playing in his final event before next month’s Masters Tournament, is 2-under par for today’s round at the Bay Hill Club and Lodge in Orlando, Florida. He’s made four birdies and two bogeys to get to 13-under for the tournament, with Graeme McDowell in second place at 9 under par.

Woods bogeyed the par-3 second hole, while playing partner McDowell, the 2010 U.S. Open champion, dropped to 8-under after beginning with a double bogey.

McDowell sank a 45-foot (13.7 meter) birdie putt at No. 3 and Woods birdied that hole and the next before McDowell scored eagle from about 51 feet at the par-5 sixth to advance to 11- under. Woods tapped in for birdie at No. 6 and moved to 14-under with another birdie at the eighth hole.

The advantage stretched to four shots when McDowell, from Northern Ireland, missed a short putt for par at the ninth hole to drop back to 10-under. McDowell again pulled within three shots with a birdie at No. 11 before dropping back to 10-under again at the next.

Both players made bogeys at the par-3 14th hole.

Woods, who has won the event six times, has 37 wins against two losses when he’s gone into the final round in the lead. His 71st and last victory on the tour came at the BMW Championship on Sept. 13, 2009.

To contact the reporter on this story: Dex McLuskey in Dallas at

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at

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