Round 3 Recap: 2012 Arnold Palmer Invitational

Tiger Tiger Woods is in the lead at the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill.  How many times has Tiger won this tournament??? Woods has stacks of numbers on his side. Not only does he own six wins at Bay Hill — seven if you count the 1991 U.S. Junior — but he has gone 37-2 on the PGA Tour when taking an outright lead into the final round.  The problem with Tiger woods (if there is one) is that he has not won a PGA Tour event in a few years (although he is the 2nd most all time winner on the PGA Tour), and he does have to go out there tomorrow and win this golf tournament.  We would have a slightly different tournament right now if the weirdness from yesterday hadn’t happened.

Four shots ahead with five holes to play, Woods hit a bit of turbulence when he bogeyed the par-three 14th from a back bunker. Then came “The Shriek” from a concession stand about 25 yards from the 15th tee, a woman shouted for help as she saw a teenager slump to the ground. That happened to be when Woods was starting his downswing. That led to a hook out of bounds, a double bogey, and a new tournament.  I will be pulling for Tiger Woods tomorrow, he deserves a win, and I really like his how he is playing going into the MASTERS (If he wins or not on Sunday).  I mean it’s Tiger Woods, when is he not a good bet?

So who is going to try to chase down the Tiger???
Graeme McDowell is our closet competitor at -10 under (just one shot back).  He is a major winner, and we all know he can play and he likes the main stage (remember that little thing called the Ryder Cup in 2010).  If there was any player out there that can go low and bag  himself a Tiger, it would be Graeme.
Ernie Els and Ian Poulter are also just 3 shots back at-8.  Ian is back on track after a new baby and a bit of Pneumonia, but even though I like Ian, he is not my top pick for come from behind victors on Sunday.  Ernie Els on the other hand is right on the cusp of making the Masters, and I would really like to see him get in on his own.  He may still get in on a special exemption (and he is playing well enough to actually contend at the Masters), but I would like to see him get in on his own.  All Ernie has to do is keep hitting good shots, and roll a few putts in (I know this game is really that easy!).  Hopefully the belly putter will be good to Ernie on Sunday and he can give ole Tiger a run for his money.

Leader Board from Saturday prior to the "Shriek"


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