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Tiger Woods has world No. 1 in sight with Bay Hill lead

Tiger Woods may not be the former world No. 1 for much longer as he holds a two-shot lead heading into the final 18 holes at the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill.

Woods surged to the front of the leaderboard with a stellar round of 66 on Saturday to finish at 11-under through three rounds.  Justin Rose, who entered the day with the lead fell to three shots behind Woods after shooting an even-par 72.

Woods can overtake current top-ranked player Rory McIlroy if he can maintain his lead, something he has made a career of doing when he leads an event through 54 holes, only failing to win twice out of 43 such instances.

Another telling sign of Woods regaining his form is his performance on par-5s. After making only four eagles on the PGA TOUR all of last season, he’s made three in the current tournament alone. He’ll enter the final round with fellow Southern California native Rickie Fowler in tow, and Woods’ ability to keep the youngster at bay will be a testament to whether or not he’s truly ‘back’ or not.

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Michael C. Jones is the managing editor and founder of Sports Out West and a Southern California-based sports journalist. His credits include Yahoo Sports and Bleacher Report, among others.
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