ORLANDO, Fla. — Tiger Woods is one round from returning to No. 1 in the world.
With key par saves early in his round and an eagle for the third consecutive day at Bay Hill, Woods seized control Saturday with a 6-under 66 to race by Justin Rose and build a two-shot lead going into the final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
Woods was at 11-under 205, two shots ahead of Rickie Fowler (67), John Huh (71) and 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 hasn’t been No. 1 in the world ranking since the final week of October 2010.
Recari out front
At Carlsbad, Calif., Beatriz Recari drove the green on the 285-yard 16th hole to set up a 4-foot eagle putt and finished with a 3-under 69 for a two-stroke lead in the Kia Classic.
Four tied for Champions lead
At Saucier, Miss., Corey Pavin birdied his first six holes and finished with a 5-under 67 to join Bernhard Langer, Roger Chapman and Joe Daley atop the leader board after the second round of the Champions Tour’s Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic.
Rain interupts Malaysian Open
At Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat led the Malaysian Open at 11 under when third-round play was suspended because of thunderstorms at Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club.
Loar’s 64 good for lead
At Broussard, La., Edward Loar fired a 7-under 64 and moved into the lead after 54 holes of the Web.com Tour’s Chitimacha Louisiana Open. Loar’s 15-under 198 total is one better than Troy Merritt (66) and two in front of Morgan Hoffmann.