Tiger Woods at Arnold Palmer Invitational 2013: Day 3 Analysis and Highlights

Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIIMarch 23, 2013

Tiger Woods exploded on Saturday, and he is in solid position to make some noise on the final day of the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill.

Woods posted a six-under 66 and sits two strokes ahead of Justin Rose, Rickie Fowler and John Huh heading into the final day of play in Orlando, Fla. If Woods wins, he will regain the world No. 1 ranking for the first time in nearly three years.

Here is a look at the top 10 scores on the leaderboard at the close of play on Saturday.

Per ESPN.com:

1 7 USA Tiger Woods -11 -6 F 69 70 66 - 205
T2 10 USA Rickie Fowler -9 -5 F 73 67 67 - 207
T2 3 USA John Huh -9 -1 F 67 69 71 - 207
T2 1 IRE Justin Rose -9 E F 65 70 72 - 207
T5 21 DEN Thorbjorn Olesen -8 -6 F 69 73 66 - 208
T5 10 SPA Gonzalo Fdez-Castano -8 -4 F 69 71 68 - 208
T5 4 USA Jimmy Walker -8 -2 F 69 69 70 - 208
T5 4 USA Ken Duke -8 -2 F 70 68 70 - 208
T5 1 USA Bill Haas -8 +1 F 69 66 73 - 208
T10 28 USA Keegan Bradley -7 -6 F 74 69 66 - 209
T10 7 USA Mark Wilson -7 -2 F 71 68 70 - 209


Dominant Front Nine

Woods began the day steady with pars on the first three holes, but he then went on a birdie bonanza. He birdied the fourth, sixth and seventh holes to get himself on track for a great day.

Tiger has been solid on the sixth hole throughout the event. He's come away with at least a birdie on the 555-yard par five on all three days of play. 

He hasn't been too bad on the short holes, either. Take a look at him securing the birdie on the par-three seventh hole. 

Despite the strong start, Woods had to know that his biggest test would come on the back nine.

It was there that he fell apart on Friday.


Finishing Strong

Consistency has been Tiger's biggest issue, but he is starting to show strong signs of the old Tiger. On Saturday, he bogeyed the 13th hole, but instead of allowing it to be the beginning of a slippery slope downward, he rebounded well.

He came away with a birdie on the 15th hole and an eagle on the 16th. It was the first time a player recorded three eagles in the same tournament at Bay Hill since 2001.

Take a look at the approach shot and putt that secured it for him.

The only question for Tiger now is, can he finish the deal on Sunday?


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