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...
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-par 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.
It was only the sixth time in 31 rounds at Bay Hill that Rose broke 70.
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“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.”
John Huh had a chance to catch him late 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 of Japan, Nick Watney, Sean O’Hair and Bill Haas, who bogeyed his last two holes.
Woods played the par 5s in 5 under, bringing his career total at Bay Hill to 118 under par.
“I got a lot out of this round, and I threw away a few shots as well,” Woods said.
British Open champion Ernie Els played with Rose and Woods and disappeared quickly, shooting a 75.
Former Husky Richard H. Lee shot a 73. Kyle Stanley of Gig Harbor had a 77. Ryan Moore from Puyallup shot a 78.
• 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 in Carlsbad, Calif. Stacy Lewis, playing her first round since taking over the No. 1 spot in the world from Yani Tseng, was four shots back after a 70. She is trying to win her third straight tournament.
Former Husky Paige Mackenzie of Yakima shot a 73. Jimin Kang, a graduate of King’s High School in Shoreline, had a 76. Wendy Ward, who lives near Edwall, outside Spokane, shot a 78. Former Cougar Kim Welch also shot a 78.
• Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat shot a 7-under 65 to take the lead in the Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur before thunderstorms forced the suspension of the first round.