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.

John Huh had a chance to catch Rose 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.

Also in the group at 69 with Woods were Ryo Ishikawa, Nick Watney, Sean O'Hair and Bill Haas.


CARLSBAD, Calif. - Jane Park shot a bogey-free 6-under 66 to take a one-stroke lead over Caroline Hedwall and Karrie Webb after the first round of the Kia Classic.

Park started on No. 10 and made the turn in 2 under at Aviara. After a par on No. 1, she birdied four of the next five holes.

Stacy Lewis, playing her first round since taking over the No. 1 spot in the world, was four shots back after a 70.

European Tour

KUALA LUMPUR, Ma-laysia - Thailand's Kiradech Aphibarnrat shot a 7-under 65 to take the lead in the Malaysian Open lead before thunderstorms for-ced the suspension of the first round.