Golf: Woods can regain top ranking with Bay Hill win today

2013-03-24T00:00:00Z Golf: Woods can regain top ranking with Bay Hill win todayThe Associated Press The Associated Press
March 24, 2013 12:00 am  • 

ORLANDO, Fla. - Tiger Woods is one round away from returning to No. 1 in the world.

With key par saves early in his round and an eagle for the third straight day at Bay Hill, Woods seized control Saturday with a 6-under 66 to race by Justin Rose and build a two-shot lead going into the final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

Woods was at 11-under 205, two shots ahead of Rickie Fowler (67), John Huh (71) and Rose, who at one point was six shots ahead of Woods. Rose had a 39 on the back nine and wound up with a 72.

Woods hasn't been No. 1 in the world ranking since the last week of October 2010. That can change Sunday with a victory on a Bay Hill course where he already has won seven times.

Rose had a three-shot lead on the back nine until he crumbled, making three bogeys over the last six holes.

Champions Tour

SAUCIER, Miss. - Corey Pavin birdied his first six holes and finished with a 5-under 67 to join Bernhard Langer, Roger Chapman and Joe Daley atop the leader board after the second round of the Champions Tour's Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic. The round was delayed for more than an hour because of afternoon thunderstorms.

European Tour

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand led the Malaysian Open at 11 under when third-round play was suspended because of thunderstorms at Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club.

LPGA Tour

CARLSBAD, Calif. - Beatriz Recari drove the green on the 285-yard 16th hole to set up a 4-foot eagle putt and finished with a 3-under 69 on Saturday for a two-stroke lead in the Kia Classic. Recari, the 25-year-old Spaniard who won her lone LPGA Tour title in 2010, had an 11-under 205 total at Aviara Golf Club.

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