Justin Rose takes a two-shot lead into the second round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational, where Tiger Woods trails by four shots as he attempts to return to the top of the world rankings with an eighth win at the event.
Rose had a 7-under-par 65 yesterday at Bay Hill Club & Lodge in Orlando, Florida, to lead John Huh, who is 5 under. John Rollins and Brad Fritsch share third, one shot ahead of Rose’s playing partner, Woods, one of 10 golfers at 3 under par.
“Starting out this morning, the first six, seven, eight holes felt a grind,” Rose, a 32-year-old from England, told reporters. “It was cold. It was windy.”
Defending champion Woods would return to the top of the Official World Golf Ranking for the first time in 2 1/2 years with a third victory this year on the PGA Tour. Woods, 37, has won five times in his past 20 starts on the world’s richest golf tour. An eighth title at Bay Hill would also tie him with Sam Snead for the most victories at a single PGA Tour event.
Woods tied for the lead with an eagle on the 16th hole yesterday before dropping back with bogeys at his last two holes.
’’I didn’t drive it well, didn’t hit my irons well and didn’t control my distances or trajectory well,’’ Woods said. “But I scored well and I kept myself in the tournament.”