Arnold Palmer Invitational R3

Lee Westwood takes lead at Bay Hill

March 04-07
Bay Hill Club & Lodge, Orlando, Florida
$9,300,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 4




Lee Westwood closed his round with an eagle-par-birdie combination courtesy of two 30-foot putts for a 7-under 65 to take a one-shot lead in the Arnold Palmer Invitational on Saturday.


“It’s nice to still be playing in these tournaments,” said Westwood. “You’ve got to be top 50 in the world and if you would have said to me 20 years ago will you still be top 50 in the world at 48 I might have been slightly skeptical. And it just shows that I’m still capable of playing well in these tournaments with all the good young players around me and obviously contending, because that’s what I’m doing this week.”

Westwood fired eight birdies, his eagle at the par-5 16th as well as three bogeys to post his lowest score at Bay Hill since he first played in the event in 1998.



Westwood hasn’t won on the PGA Tour since 2010 but has won five times on the European Tour since turning 40, won the Race to Dubai last year and is currently 39th in the World Rankings.

“I haven’t lost any of my length and I haven’t lost any of my enthusiasm to go and work in the gym. My nerves are still intact, I still get into contention and enjoy it rather than kind of back off.”


Overnight leader Corey Conners made three bogeys and two bogeys to close with a 71 and slid back into second place alongside Bryson DeChambeau.

DeChambeau’s much anticipated attempt to drive the par-5 sixth hole finally happened after being postponed in the first rounds due to adverse wind.

As he approached the hole the wind still wasn’t quite right but DeChambeau decided to try it anyway.



“For the most part, that’s a shot that I know I can do, and I was able to accomplish that. I would have done it without the fans, but the fans definitely edged me on a little bit and it was fun to give them what they wanted.”

His tee shot sent his ball flying 370 yards straight over the water and landed just 70 yards from the tee.

“Oh, man, I felt like a kid again, for sure,” said DeChambeau. “It was exciting. Especially when you pull it off and you know, it was almost like winning a tournament. I don’t know. It’s kind of the feeling I had, It was like, ‘Oh, I did it.’ I got the same chills and feeling when I saw it clear and there was no splash. It was like, ‘Yes! I gave the fans what they wanted!”



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Jordan Spieth continues his bid to return to the winner’s circle for the first time since 2017 and opened with a birdie and a hole-in-one at the par-3 2nd. A second birdie at the par-3 7th gave him the lead and he made the turn in 32. He made two more birdies on the back nine before bogeying the 14th and 17th to close with a 68, two shots behind Westwood, alongside Keegan Bradley whose 64 was the low score of the week.

Spieth’s playing partner, Justin Rose, woke up with back issues and chose to withdraw after finding the water three times and making a quintuple-bogey 9 at the par-4 3rd, leaving Spieth to finish his round on his own.

“It’s been an exciting week, playing back in front of fans and, obviously, quite a visible WD playing with Jordan out there. Just kind of woke up with a bit in a sort of spasmed lower back today and tried to kind of get through it. My warm-up was hard work, and I just couldn’t stay down in a shot. I missed basically every golf shot left to start the day. Even my little chip into the fourth hole out of the rough from the lefthand side was creating pain.”



“And with the eye on next week and what have you, I just felt like it was a prudent call, just to call it at that point. But I felt bad with Jordan having momentum to sort of change, change the vibe of the group.”

Rory McIlroy’s two birdies and two bogeys for a 72 place him at 7-under in a tie for seventh alongside Doug Ghim, Jazz Janewattananond and Richy Werenski.




Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
Lee Westwood
-11
69
71
65
205
T2
Corey Conners
-10
66
69
71
206
T2
Bryson DeChambeau
-10
67
71
68
206
T4
Keegan Bradley
-9
69
74
64
207
T4
Jordan Spieth
-9
70
69
68
207
6
Tommy Fleetwood
-8
70
70
68
208
T7
Doug Ghim
-7
71
73
65
209
T7
Jazz Janewattananond
-7
75
65
69
209
T7
Rory McIlroy
-7
66
71
72
209
T7
Richy Werenski
-7
71
69
69
209
T11
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
-6
70
70
70
210
T11
Jason Day
-6
70
72
68
210
T11
Lanto Griffin
-6
69
68
73
210
T11
Tyrrell Hatton
-6
77
67
66
210
T11
Charley Hoffman
-6
71
72
67
210
T11
Chris Kirk
-6
71
70
69
210
T11
Jason Kokrak
-6
68
73
69
210
T18
Paul Casey
-5
70
69
72
211
T18
Matthew Fitzpatrick
-5
69
71
71
211
T18
Sungjae Im
-5
69
70
72
211
T18
Andrew Putnam
-5
70
72
69
211
T22
Branden Grace
-4
74
71
67
212
T22
Max Homa
-4
70
70
72
212
T22
Kevin Kisner
-4
73
72
67
212
T22
Martin Laird
-4
69
67
76
212
T22
Denny McCarthy
-4
72
73
67
212
T22
Kristoffer Ventura
-4
75
70
67
212
T22
Danny Willett
-4
73
71
68
212
T29
Emiliano Grillo
-3
71
74
68
213
T29
Padraig Harrington
-3
70
74
69
213
T29
Keith Mitchell
-3
73
71
69
213
T29
Alex Noren
-3
72
71
70
213
T29
Ian Poulter
-3
70
73
70
213
T29
Will Zalatoris
-3
73
68
72
213
T35
Harris English
-2
73
70
71
214
T35
Viktor Hovland
-2
69
68
77
214
T35
Hideki Matsuyama
-2
75
70
69
214
T35
Patrick Rodgers
-2
73
72
69
214
T35
Brendan Steele
-2
71
72
71
214
T35
Cameron Tringale
-2
70
75
69
214
T35
Harold Varner III
-2
72
72
70
214
T42
Jason Dufner
-1
74
70
71
215
T42
Tyler Duncan
-1
72
72
71
215
T42
Bo Hoag
-1
74
70
71
215
T42
Danny Lee
-1
73
71
71
215
T42
Maverick McNealy
-1
71
72
72
215
T42
Brendon Todd
-1
74
70
71
215
T42
Matt Wallace
-1
70
73
72
215
T42
Bernd Wiesberger
-1
72
71
72
215
T50
William Gordon
E
72
72
72
216
T50
Charles Howell III
E
74
72
70
216
T50
Zach Johnson
E
74
70
72
216
T50
Sebastián Muñoz
E
68
76
72
216
T50
Pat Perez
E
75
71
70
216
T55
Byeong Hun An
1
68
74
75
217
T55
Talor Gooch
1
73
73
71
217
T55
Mark Hubbard
1
71
74
72
217
T55
John Huh
1
74
71
72
217
T55
Chez Reavie
1
74
70
73
217
T55
Steve Stricker
1
72
71
74
217
T61
Lucas Glover
2
72
74
72
218
T61
Patton Kizzire
2
76
69
73
218
T61
Russell Knox
2
74
71
73
218
T61
Luke List
2
71
72
75
218
T61
Robert MacIntyre
2
71
71
76
218
T61
Kevin Na
2
71
71
76
218
T61
Erik van Rooyen
2
72
74
72
218
68
Henrik Norlander
4
71
75
74
220
T69
Victor Perez
5
69
74
78
221
T69
Brandt Snedeker
5
75
71
75
221
T71
Rickie Fowler
6
76
70
76
222
T71
Doc Redman
6
73
73
76
222
CUT
Tom Hoge
3
74
73
147
CUT
Patrick Reed
3
73
74
147
CUT
Cameron Davis
4
76
72
148
CUT
Matt Jones
4
76
72
148
CUT
Peter Malnati
4
70
78
148
CUT
Matthew NeSmith
4
72
76
148
CUT
Cheng Tsung Pan
4
74
74
148
CUT
Cameron Percy
4
72
76
148
CUT
Rory Sabbatini
4
70
78
148
CUT
Henrik Stenson
4
73
75
148
CUT
Robert Streb
4
78
70
148
CUT
Hudson Swafford
4
78
70
148
CUT
Nick Taylor
4
73
75
148
CUT
Sam Burns
5
77
72
149
CUT
Dylan Frittelli
5
79
70
149
CUT
Jim Herman
5
75
74
149
CUT
Billy Horschel
5
74
75
149
CUT
Sung Kang
5
72
77
149
CUT
Kyoung-Hoon Lee
5
71
78
149
CUT
Marc Leishman
5
74
75
149
CUT
Shane Lowry
5
75
74
149
CUT
Graeme McDowell
5
79
70
149
CUT
Aaron Wise
5
75
74
149
CUT
Wyndham Clark
6
74
76
150
CUT
Joel Dahmen
6
74
76
150
CUT
Paul Goydos
6
73
77
150
CUT
Anirban Lahiri
6
72
78
150
CUT
J.T. Poston
6
76
74
150
CUT
Charl Schwartzel
6
76
74
150
CUT
Cameron Champ
7
77
74
151
CUT
Adam Hadwin
7
79
72
151
CUT
Adam Long
7
70
81
151
CUT
Sepp Straka
7
73
78
151
CUT
Brian Stuard
7
74
77
151
CUT
Camilo Villegas
7
81
70
151
CUT
Austin Cook
8
75
77
152
CUT
Matt Every
8
76
76
152
CUT
Brian Gay
8
78
74
152
CUT
Tim Herron
8
73
79
152
CUT
Kramer Hickok
8
76
76
152
CUT
Francesco Molinari
8
78
74
152
CUT
Matthias Schmid (a)
8
76
76
152
CUT
Kyle Stanley
8
76
76
152
CUT
John Augenstein
9
83
70
153
CUT
Tyler McCumber
10
79
75
154
CUT
Rod Perry
10
78
76
154
CUT
Robby Shelton
12
76
80
156
CUT
Kamaiu Johnson
19
84
79
163
WD
Justin Rose
E
WD
Si Woo Kim
E
DQ
Robert Gamez
E
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