How it happened: Woods fires 66; takes Bay HIll lead

Tiger Woods hits his tee shot at No. 8 on Saturday at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

Tiger Woods hits his tee shot at No. 8 on Saturday at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

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ORLANDO, Fla. -- And just like that, Tiger Woods will be a major factor on Sunday at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

Behind an eagle at the par-5 16th, Woods ended his third round at Bay Hill atop the leaderboard at 11 under behind an 6-under 66 on Saturday.

Justin Rose, John Huh and Rickie Fowler all trail Woods by two shots heading into Sunday. Rose had moved to 12 under after the turn, but three bogeys over his last six holes sent him backward.

Fowler and Woods will make up Sunday's final pairing.

Woods has won this event seven times and has already won twice on the PGA Tour in 2013.

See how it all happened on Saturday:

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Update #9: 5:58 p.m. EDT

Justin Rose wraps up a with an even-par 72 to finish his third round at 9 under overall, two back of Tiger Woods.

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Update #8: 5:43 p.m. EDT

Tiger now has a two-shot lead on the field after a three-putt bogey for Justin Rose on the par-3 17th, hitting the hole and rimming out on his comebacker for par. Rose is now even on his round.

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Update #7: 5:30 p.m. EDT

Justin Rose (10 under) goes well right with his drive at the par-5 16th, just advances it down the fairway, misses the green with his third and gets up-and-down to save par to stay at 10 under entering the tough finishing holes.

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Hole No. 18: Par 4, 458 yards

Everything Tiger is hitting on the greens looks like it is going in right now, and it has carried him to a one-shot lead at Bay Hill. He has bogeyed No. 18 on each of the first two days.

Hole wrap-up: Tiger rips his 5-wood up the left side of the fairway, getting some good run in the fairway and he'll have a nice look at the green with his second shot. Tiger does get an unfortunate roll, coming to rest in a divot in the fairway, which leaves Tiger a little ticked. From just under 180 yards, Tiger lifts it cleanly, but finds a fairway bunker on the left. He is a bit surprised by the result, as he posed a bit after hitting that shot. "Oh, you gotta be kidding me!" he says in the fairway. A solid sand shot settles about 6 feet right of the hole. He buries it for a huge par save and cards a 6-under 66.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 6 under (11 under for tournament)

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Hole No. 17: Par 3, 221 yards

That was a dramatic turn of events, with Tiger sending roars around the course with his eagle, while Justin Rose was busy three-putting for bogey on 13. Rose has since bogeyed the par-3 14th to drop back to 10 under, handing Tiger a one-shot lead.

Hole wrap-up: After a long wait on the tee, Tiger is safely on the green, but about 40 feet past the hole. Hangs his head a bit after that tee ball, but holds the green for the first time in three days. And Tiger almost drains the long-range birdie putt, cutting just right of the hole at the very end and settles for a tap-in par. He does a little run around the green after he thought that was going down.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 6 under (11 under for tournament)

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Hole No. 16: Par 5, 511 yards

Tiger's best round here at Bay Hill is a 64, which he's accomplished three times, including most recently in 2007. He likely won't get there today – he'd need an eagle here and two birdies – but he can finish strong, much unlike he did on Friday.

Hole wrap-up: Tiger pounds driver down the middle of the fairway. He goes for the green in two and makes it, leaving himself about 20 feet for eagle. He gives this one a good roll and it finds the bottom of the cup.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 6 under (11 under for the tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: And just like that Tiger is tied for the lead at 11 under, as Justin Rose just bogeyed No. 13.

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Hole No. 15: Par 4, 429 yards

Tiger clearly not playing as well as he did earlier in his round. He's missing fairways and greens – he's missed seven fairways and six greens so far today – but has managed just one bogey through his struggles.

Hole wrap-up: Tiger gets back on track, hitting both fairway and green. He has an 18-footer for birdie and he drains it.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 4 under (9 under for the tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Thorbjorn Olesen just wrapped up a 6-under 66. He's currently T-3 at 8 under.

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Hole No. 14: Par 3, 215 yards

That one hurts as Tiger makes his first bogey of the day. He birdied No. 13 on Friday, but couldn't replicate that success today.

Hole wrap-up: Tiger's tee shot goes long and he finds the back greenside bunker. He nearly holes his shot from the sand as it catches the lip. He taps in for par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 under (8 under for the tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Bill Haas has fallen back to 8 under. He's 1 over through 10 holes today. Justin Rose has also dropped a shot. He's 11 under and leads by just two over John Huh right now.

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Hole No. 13: Par 4, 370 yards

Two disappointing pars in a row for Tiger, who has some work to do if he wants to enter Sunday with the lead.

Hole wrap-up: Another drive left for Tiger, who finds the left fairway bunker. He then finds greenside bunker with his approach and despite having some green to work with, he gets a lot of sand on his third shot and leaves the ball about 25 feet short. He misses the par save and makes his first bogey of the day.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 under (8 under for the tournament)

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Hole No. 12: Par 5, 574 yards

That one hurts a little as Tiger is still three back of leader Justin Rose, but he has another par-5 up next. He's birdied both par-5s on the front nine today.

Hole wrap-up: Tiger's tee shot is pulled way left. He lays up, but fails to find the fairway. His third lands on the green, but he'll have a 30-footer for birdie. He nearly drains it, but the ball comes to rest just off the right edge of the cup. He taps in for par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 4 under (9 under for the tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Rickie Fowler is 4 under through 14 holes today to work his way to 8 under.

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Hole No. 11: Par 4, 438 yards

That last approach by Tiger was impressive. He's really in the zone right now.

Hole wrap-up: Tiger nearly finds the water off the tee as his tee ball rolls into the left intermediate rough. But just like the previous hole, he sticks his approach close. He misses the 5-footer for birdie, though, running it a couple feet by. Disappointing par for Woods.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 4 under (9 under for the tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Keegan Bradley made eight birdies en route to a 6-under 66. He's 7 under for the tournament.

• • •

Hole No. 10: Par 4, 400 yards

Tiger makes the turn playing well. He's hit some great shots and made some great saves, a recipe for success.

Hole wrap-up: Tiger's drive goes up the left side of the fairway and just trickles into the rough. His approach then is stuck to about a foot. Great shot, which leads to an easy birdie.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 4 under (9 under for the tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Justin Rose misses a 5-footer for par at the par-3 seventh to fall back to 12 under.

• • •

Hole No. 9: Par 4, 474 yards

The rain has started to fall as some scattered showers have popped up in the area. It remains to be seen if it will cool off Tiger any, though.

Hole wrap-up: Tiger's drive goes left and then his approach from the rough is well short of the green. He follows with one of his best shots of the day, sticking it inside 5 feet. He saves par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 under (8 under for the tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Bill Haas birdies the par-5 sixth to move back to 10 under. He's 1 under through six holes today and is three shots back of Justin Rose.

• • •

Hole No. 8: Par 4, 460 yards

For as well as Tiger is playing, he hasn't gained any ground on the lead. That's because Justin Rose has gotten off to a torrid start, building a two-shot lead on the field at 13 under.

Hole wrap-up: Another solid drive for Tiger, who finds the middle of the fairway. He carries the green with his approach, though, before blasting out of the back greenside bunker to about 6 feet. He cleans up for par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 under (8 under for the tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: John Huh is solo third at 9 under. He's 1 under through five holes today.

• • •

Hole No. 7: Par 3, 199 yards

Another birdie on a par-5 for Tiger, who is heating up here at Bay Hill.

Hole wrap-up: Tiger continues his strong play, sticking his tee shot to about 3 feet. This is an easy birdie and Tiger drains it.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 under (8 under for the tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Justin Rose eagles the par-5 fourth to move to 13 under, 4 under through four holes today.

• • •

Hole No. 6: Par 5, 555 yards

Tiger continues to get himself out of trouble with good work around and on the greens. Next up is the par-5 sixth, a hole Tiger has owned this week. He played it in a combined 3 under the last two rounds.

Hole wrap-up: Tiger carries the water and finds the heart of the fairway with his tee ball. He then reaches the green in two, setting up a 35-footer for eagle. He gives his eagle attempt a good roll, but it breaks more left than he anticipated. He then makes the birdie from 3 feet.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under (7 under for the tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Justin Rose birdies the par-4 third hole to join Bill Haas in the lead at 11 under.

• • •

Hole No. 5: Par 4, 390 yards

Coming off his first birdie of the day, Tiger needs to keep it going as leaders Bill Haas and Justin Rose have gotten off to strong starts. Tiger birdied No. 5 on Thursday.

Hole wrap-up: Tiger hits iron into the fairway, just shy of the left fairway bunker. His approach goes way long, leaving a difficult chip due to the back pin placement. Tiger's third is a good one and leaves him about 8 feet or so to save par, and he does.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under (6 under for the tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Bill Haas is 2 under through his first two holes today and leads at 11 under.

• • •

Hole No. 4: Par 5, 561 yards

Tiger hasn't gotten anything going yet, but he'll get a big chance here at the first par-5 of the day. He birdied this hole on Thursday, but found the sand twice on Friday en route to a par.

Hole wrap-up: Tiger finds the left fairway bunker with his drive for the second straight day. He chooses not to go for the green, however, laying up in the fairway. That was the smart play, as Woods sticks his third to just inside 10 feet. He makes the birdie putt.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under (6 under for the tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Justin Rose and Bill Haas each birdie the opening hole to move to 10 under. Also, Rickie Fowler is up to 7 under overall thanks to a 3-under start through six holes. In two starts at Bay Hill, Fowler has finished T-50 (2010) and T-30 (2011).

• • •

Hole No. 3: Par 4, 434 yards

Two pars to start the round for Tiger. He made par at No. 3 in each of the previous two rounds, including on Friday after putting his tee shot in the water.

Hole wrap-up: Tiger finds fairway with 5-wood before hitting another green. He has about a 30-footer for birdie, but he can't convert. A third straight par for Tiger.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even (5 under for the tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Thorbjorn Olesen is now 5 under through seven holes and is currently solo fourth at 7 under. He's never played this event before.

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Hole No. 2: Par 3, 231 yards

Good par save for Woods to begin his round. Woods needs a finish of T-3 or better to move to No. 1 in the FedEx Cup standings.

Hole wrap-up: Tiger's tee shot finds the green about 25 feet away from the pin. He can't get the birdie try to fall and taps in the par from a couple feet out.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even (5 under for the tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Ben Curtis is 4 under through seven holes to move to 6 under overall. He was fourth here in 2007, but has missed the cut in three out of his last four starts at Bay Hill.

• • •

Hole No. 1: Par 4, 461 yards

It's a muggy day at Bay Hill as Tiger prepares for his third round. He's wearing a white shirt, black pants and a white hat. He's playing with Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano.

Hole wrap-up: Tiger goes with 5-wood off the first tee and finds the right fairway bunker. He hits it a little fat and ends up short of the green. His third misses a little right, but he'll have a 10 footer to save par, and he makes it.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even (5 under for the tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Thorbjorn Olesen is 4 under through five holes, working his way to 6 under.

• • •

Update No. 6: 12:33 p.m. EDT

Thorbjorn Olesen, Henrik Stenson and Ben Curtis are all 2 under early in their rounds, and all are 4 under for the tournament.

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Update No. 5: 12:09 p.m. EDT

Matt Every just wrapped up a 6-under 66. He'll enter Sunday at 3 under. His previous best round at Bay Hill was 70.

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Update No. 4: 11:55 a.m. EDT

Mike Weir has withdrawn with a rib injury. He was 4 over through 11 holes, 6 over overall, before withdrawing.

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Update No. 3: 11:32 a.m. EDT

Martin Laird won this tournament two years ago. He likely won't make it a second title at Bay Hill this year as he's 1 over right now. But he is putting together a decent round. He's 2 under through 15 holes.

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Update No. 2: 11:15 a.m. EDT

After contending at Tampa Bay last week, George Coetzee is making a charge early this morning. He's 5 under through 12 holes and sits at 2 under overall.

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Update No. 1: 10:46 a.m. EDT

Zach Johnson is 3 under through six holes this morning to work his way into red numbers. Hes 1 under for the tournament. Johnson has had some success here at Bay Hill. He has three top 10s, including a third-place finish in 2009. He's missed just one cut (2010) and finished T-11 last season.

• • •

Friday coverage

5 THINGS: Justin Rose and Bill Haas are your co-leaders halfway through the Arnold Palmer Invitational. The pair is at 9-under 135, one shot ahead of the reigning rookie of the year John Huh. Here’s 5 Things you need to know from the second round at Bay Hill. Story.

TRACKER: Tiger Woods closed with three straight bogeys to finish with a 2-under 70 Friday at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. He'll enter the weekend five shots back of leader Justin Rose. See how it all unfolded Friday at Bay Hill.

TEE TIMES: Take a look at the tee times and pairings for the third round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill Lodge & Club. Pairings.

A FIRST? Bill Haas, who attended Wake Forest on an Arnold Palmer Scholarship, shot a bogey-free 66 Friday morning and is in position to become the first scholarship recipient to win the Arnold Palmer Invitational in the 35 years it has been played at Palmer’s Bay Hill Club & Lodge. Story.

FOILED BY HIS FLATSTICK: Phil Mickelson’s trip to Bay Hill Club & Lodge was a littler shorter than he expected. After rounds of 73-79, Mickelson is on his way to see swing coach Butch Harmon before heading to Houston next week. Story.

LESSON LEARNED: Credit K.J. Choi for a large part of John Huh’s success this week. A five-hour bunker lesson at Choi’s home club in Texas has led to a perfect 5 for 5 in sand saves at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. It helped vault Huh to a 8-under 136, one shot behind Bill Haas early Friday. Story.

THAT'S WHAT HE SAID: The conditions are near perfect at Bay Hill – temperatures in the 70s, clear skies and a light breeze – in what promises to be another interesting day at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Here's what the players are saying after their rounds. Story.

• • •

Thursday coverage

5 THINGS: Justin Rose took a two-shot lead after the first round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational while Tiger Woods is lurking and Phil Mickelson and Brandt Snedeker are struggling. Story.

TRACKER: Tiger Woods, searching for a second straight title and eighth overall at Bay Hill, fired an opening-round 69 Thursday morning. He trails leader Justin Rose by four shots. See how it happened!

TEE TIMES: A look at the first- and second-round tee times and pairings for the 2013 Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill in Orlando, Fla. Pairings.

TEACHING TIGER: Tiger Woods didn't like his drives or his irons, his distance or his trajectory Thursday. Sure, he putted well, but he trails Justin Rose - who put together a complete round - by four shots at Bay Hill. Column.

FEELING THE PAIN: Playing through a neck injury that he sustained picking up a towel coming out of the shower in Los Angeles, Bill Haas challenges for lead, only to fall back with two closing bogeys. Story.

ATTITUDE ADJUSTMENT: An equipment change and high expectations played into John Huh's early-season struggles, but his 5-under 67 on Thursday at the Arnold Palmer Invitational showed glimpses of having a bit of fun again. Story.

LEARNING ON THE FLY: Recent Dartmouth grad Peter Williamson shot an 11-over 83 at Bay Hill Club & Lodge on Thursday during the first round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational in his first PGA Tour start. Story.

NOTEBOOK: Sean O'Hair, taking advantage of a sponsor exemption that he wrote and asked Arnold Palmer to extend, and Ryo Ishikawa shoot 69s at Bay Hill to put missed cuts out of mind. Story.

THAT'S WHAT HE SAID: With the morning wave facing windy and cold conditions, but the course drying out before the afternoon groups, it promises to be an interesting day at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Here's what the players atop the leaderboard are saying . . . Story.

• • •

Pre-tournament coverage

TEE TIMES: A look at the first- and second-round tee times and pairings for the 2013 Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill in Orlando, Fla. Pairings.

BACK TO THE TOP? Tiger Woods could return to No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking with a win this week at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Rory McIlroy’s early-season struggles and Woods’ two wins have put the top spot back within Woods' reach. Story.

HOLDING COURT: From Tiger Woods to Kate Upton, iced tea to anchoring putters, Arnold Palmer still has opinions to share. Story.

65 YEARS AND COUNTING: Dow Finsterwald, who forged a friendly rivalry with Arnold Palmer 65 years ago, has seen the game’s most beloved ambassador at his best. Story.

PREDICTIONS: It will come as no shock that Tiger Woods is the overwhelming favorite at this week's Arnold Palmer Invitational. But our panel thinks there are a couple of other big names to keep an eye on as well. Predictions . . .

BACK IN ACTION: A pulled rib muscle got Brandt Snedeker out of lifting boxes while his family moved into a new home. Healthy and back on the PGA Tour, he's ready to attack Bay Hill – and Augusta too. Story.

MAN IN DEMAND: Reigning U.S. Amateur champion Steven Fox has played in only two spring college tournaments, and his schedule isn't looking much better for the rest of the season. Story.

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