Posted on March 23, 2013 at 10:04 PM
Defending champion Tiger Woods put himself in position to win the Arnold Palmer Invitational for the eighth time, making his third eagle of the tournament and shooting a 6-under 66 on Saturday to take a two-shot lead.
Woods would move back to No. 1 in the world for the first time since Oct. 31, 2010, with a victory Sunday at the Bay Hill Club.
Just because I've won here doesn't ensure that I'm going to win the tournament," Woods said. "The conditions are different. The game might be different, but the objective is still to put myself in position to win the golf tournament and somehow get it done on Sunday. Over the course of my career I've done a pretty decent job of that."
Woods was at 11-under 205, two shots ahead of Rickie Fowler (67), John Huh (71) and 36-hole co-leader Justin 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 surged past Rose with an eagle at the par-5 16th -- where he knocked it into the water on Friday. That gave him three eagles for the week, one less than he had all of last year.