Published March 21, 2013
ORLANDO, Fla. – Justin Rose started out as another guy in Tiger Woods' group Thursday at Bay Hill. He wound up in the lead.
Rose put on a clinic with the putter and ran off four straight birdies late in his round of 7-under 65 in Orlando, Fla. That gave him a four-shot lead in the Arnold Palmer Invitational among those who played early in a chilly breeze. It marked only the sixth time in 31 rounds at Bay Hill that Rose broke 70.
Woods didn't fare too badly in his bid to win Bay Hill for the eighth time and return to No. 1. He opened with a 69, despite two out of three bogeys from the greenside bunkers.
John Rollins had a 68. Ryo Ishikawa was in the group at 69.