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Tiger Woods Leading After Day Three at the Arnold Palmer Invitational: A Fan's Take

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At the beginning of the day, Tiger Woods started his third round at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in a tie for first place with Charlie Wi of South Korea. Both golfers were at an impressive -10 through 36 holes. This was the first time Tiger held or shared the lead in a tournament in over two years after two rounds of play. Questions about how the golfer would perform going into the weekend were numerous, but Tiger was able to answer with another solid round.

Woods got off to a slow start. He made par on the first hole and bogeyed the second with a misread on the putt. However, he soon bounced back with birdies at four and six. Tiger made a string of pars and then birdied both eleven and twelve. Then, he took a step back with a bogey at fourteen. An errant tee shot came next at the dog leg right par four fifteenth. After the shot, Woods looked a little angry with crowd as if a disturbance came in his back swing. He was forced to take his third from the tee box again and made double bogey. After a birdie at sixteen, Tiger made pars on the next two holes. He was -1 for the day and goes in to Sunday with a one shot lead over closest competitor Graeme McDowell.

It appeared to me as Tiger was playing a little tentatively to begin the day. He seemed to settle after his first bogey and was putting well. This is the area that has plagued his game most the season but the golfer ha made vast improvements in recent weeks. Also, after loosing three shots in just two holes, Tiger was able to bounce back with the birdie at sixteen. This shows me there is a new found resolve in the golfer's game. The best shot of Tiger's day came from fairway bunker at fourteen where he elected to use driver from over 250 yards away. Even after the bogey, he did not seemed too flustered.

I expect Tiger to win the Arnold Palmer Invitational and gather momentum going into Augusta National. Woods is back and if he continues playing with such determination and vigor, he will again be nearly impossible to stop.

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