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Ernie Els in Good Position at Bay Hill: A Fan’s Take

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Most of the talk entering the final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational is sure to be focused on Tiger Woods. He is the leader after three rounds of play and he is Tiger Woods so I get that. In the final round we will get to see if Woods can close the deal that several 54 hole leaders have not been able to do this season. Several readers have commented that there's more to PGA Tour golf than Tiger Woods. So, for the rest of this article we will talk about other golfers that you will see in the final round at Bay Hill.

First let us talk about Ernie Els. Els enters the final round three shots behind the leader. The three time major champion from South Africa is valiantly trying to qualify for the 2012 Masters. He would much rather play his way into the season's first major rather than hoping that the tournament might extend a special invitation to him. After round two at Bay Hill his chances did not look that great. However, after a stellar round three, Els finds himself in contention at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Moreover, he may well be able to climb into the top 50 in the world rankings with a very high finish. If that happens, Els will punch his ticket to the 2012 Masters and can prepare for a return trip to Augusta National.

It is good to see Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell return to the form that won him the United States Open Championship in 2010. He will enter the final round at Bay Hill in second place, trailing the leader by one stroke. Ian Poulter is also making a run, as he is tied for third place with Els at 8-under par.

There are plenty of good reasons to watch the Arnold Palmer Invitational's final round and none of them have anything to do with that other guy; what was his name? That other guy has won six times at Bay Hill and may well win number seven. In the meantime, I will be hoping for Ernie Els to get that ticket to the Masters. It should make for a great Sunday of golf.

Dwight is an avid golfer. While still relatively new to the game, he plays as often as the weather and his schedule will allow.

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