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Rose Takes Lead; Woods Four Back

March 22, 2013
The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register


AP Golf Writer

ORLANDO, Fla. - Justin Rose started out as another guy in Tiger Woods' group Thursday at Bay Hill. He wound up in the lead.

Rose put on a clinic with the putter and ran off four straight birdies late in his round for a 7-under 65, giving him a two-shot lead after the opening round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

Woods had two sloppy bogeys from greenside bunkers and didn't hit it as well as he did when he won Doral two weeks ago. But he made enough key par saves and manhandled the par 5s to scratch out a 69, a reasonable start as he tries to win Bay Hill for the eighth time and return to No. 1 in the world.

It was only the sixth time in 31 rounds at Bay Hill that Rose broke 70.

Fact Box


At Bay Hill Club and Lodge

Orlando, Fla.

Purse: $6.2 million

Yardage: 7,419; Par: 72 (36-36)


First Round

Justin Rose32-33-65

John Huh36-31-67

John Rollins34-34-68

Brad Fritsch32-36-68

Charley Hoffman36-33-69

Ryo Ishikawa35-34-69

Tiger Woods34-35-69

Nick Watney35-34-69

Sean O'Hair33-36-69

Thorbjorn Olesen35-34-69

Bill Haas32-37-69

Jimmy Walker35-34-69

Gonzalo Fdez-Castano35-34-69

Ben Kohles37-32-69

Gary Woodland35-35-70

Geoff Ogilvy37-33-70

Ken Duke35-35-70

Tag Ridings35-35-70

Zach Johnson35-35-70

Ben Crane36-34-70

Stewart Cink35-35-70

Pat Perez35-36-71

Bob Estes37-34-71

Matt Jones36-35-71

Jason Dufner35-36-71

Lee Westwood36-35-71

Henrik Stenson37-34-71

Sang-Moon Bae37-34-71

David Lingmerth35-36-71

Jason Day35-36-71

Vaughn Taylor36-35-71

Hunter Mahan38-33-71

Chris Kirk34-37-71

Jim Furyk34-37-71

Mark Wilson35-36-71

J.J. Henry37-34-71

Vijay Singh37-34-71

Camilo Villegas36-35-71

John Senden36-35-71

Matt Every35-37-72

Boo Weekley39-33-72

Ian Poulter37-35-72

Graeme McDowell37-35-72

Tommy Gainey36-36-72

Carl Pettersson34-38-72

Brian Harman35-37-72

Scott Langley37-35-72

Erik Compton37-35-72

Brendon de Jonge37-35-72

Billy Horschel37-35-72

Tim Herron37-35-72

Sergio Garcia38-34-72

Ben Curtis37-35-72

James Hahn37-35-72

Cameron Tringale37-35-72

Chris Stroud34-38-72

Rickie Fowler35-38-73

Robert Allenby36-37-73

Richard H. Lee37-36-73

Jeff Overton36-37-73

Jeff Klauk38-35-73

Charles Howell III38-35-73

George Coetzee36-37-73

David Lynn38-35-73

Phil Mickelson36-37-73

D.A. Points37-36-73

Retief Goosen38-35-73

K.J. Choi36-37-73

Lee Janzen35-38-73

Doug LaBelle II37-36-73

Luke Guthrie38-35-73

William McGirt39-35-74

Greg Owen39-35-74

Seung-Yul Noh38-36-74

Kevin Streelman38-36-74

Keegan Bradley36-38-74

David Toms36-38-74

Scott Brown38-36-74

Justin Hicks36-38-74

Brian Stuard38-36-74

Nicholas Thompson40-34-74

Bubba Watson38-36-74

Martin Laird39-35-74

Marc Leishman39-35-74

Casey Wittenberg36-38-74

Ernie Els36-39-75

Aaron Baddeley40-35-75

Josh Teater40-35-75

David Hearn40-35-75

Scott Gardiner37-38-75

Ross Fisher38-37-75

Francesco Molinari37-38-75

Harris English38-37-75

Greg Chalmers36-40-76

Brian Davis38-38-76

Graham DeLaet39-37-76

Scott Verplank37-39-76

Jonas Blixt35-41-76

Charlie Beljan39-37-76

Johnson Wagner38-38-76

Scott Stallings40-36-76

Rod Perry39-37-76

Brandt Snedeker37-39-76

Russell Henley39-37-76

Ted Potter, Jr.38-38-76

Brendan Steele38-38-76

Mike Weir40-36-76

Bo Van Pelt40-36-76

Rod Pampling40-37-77

Chad Campbell40-37-77

Tim Clark40-37-77

Lucas Glover39-38-77

Robert Garrigus34-43-77

Branden Grace39-38-77

Fabian Gomez40-37-77

Dicky Pride37-40-77

Kyle Stanley40-37-77

Brian Gay38-40-78

Trevor Immelman41-37-78

Ryan Moore37-41-78

Stuart Appleby41-37-78

a-Steven Fox38-40-78

Charlie Wi36-43-79

Kevin Chappell38-41-79

Bud Cauley39-40-79

Patrick Reed37-42-79

Robert Gamez40-39-79

Robert Streb39-40-79

Webb Simpson39-41-80

Angel Cabrera40-40-80

Scott Piercy38-43-81

a-Peter Williamson42-41-83

"If you had said I would shoot a 65 on the range this morning, I would have probably said, 'How many holes have I played?' And that didn't change much," Rose said. "The first five, six holes out there were a grind."

John Huh had a chance to catch him late in the afternoon, but needing a birdie on the final hole, he found a fairway bunker on No. 9 and took bogey for a 67. John Rollins and Brad Fritsch were at 68.

Rose and Woods played in the morning, the tougher side of the draw because of chilly temperatures and a strong breeze. The rough was thick without being terribly high. The hole locations were in spots Woods had not seen very often. The scores were reflective of a challenging morning until Rose and Woods began to pick up the pace on the par-5 16th.

Both made eagle from inside 15 feet - Woods hit a 9-iron for a second shot on a hole that was playing downwind - but that's where their fortunes changed. Woods came up short in a bunker, hit a poor shot and took bogey on the 17th. Rose holed a 20-foot birdie putt.

On the front nine, both made three straight birdies starting on the par-5 fourth. Rose doubled his lead over Woods on the par-3 seventh with a 12-foot birdie putt, and Woods came up short in the bunker and failed to save par.

Also in the group at 69 with Woods were Ryo Ishikawa of Japan, Nick Watney, Sean O'Hair and Bill Haas, who bogeyed his last two holes.

Woods played the played the par 5s in 5 under, bringing his career total at Bay Hill to 118-under par.

British Open champion Ernie Els played with Rose and Woods and disappeared quickly. The Big Easy kept pulling his tee shots and getting into trouble, dropping five shots in the opening five holes. He rallied with a 4-iron to 2 feet for birdie on the 18th, and a 9-iron to about the same tap-in range on his final hole at No. 9 to salvage a 75.

Others weren't so fortunate. U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson and two-time major champion Angel Cabrera each had 80. Masters champion Bubba Watson birdied three of his last four holes for a 74.

Brandt Snedeker, playing for the first time in five weeks because of a rib injury, took triple bogey on his 17th hole and had a 76.

Phil Mickelson felt terrible about his swing, and it showed. Even so, the four-time major champion made an eagle putt on the 16th to reach 1 under, only to throw those shots away with three-putt bogeys on the last two holes.

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