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 of 7-under 65. That gave him a four-shot lead in the Arnold Palmer Invitational among those who played early in a chilly breeze.
Arnold Palmer Invitational
Justin Rose -7
John Huh -6
Tiger Woods -3
Mike Weir +4
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.
"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."
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, who lives in Rancho Cucamonga and went to UCLA, 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.
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