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Henrik Stenson surges into lead at Bay Hill with big finish; McIlroy fades

  • Jason Kokrak lines up a putt on the second green during the third round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational golf tournament in Orlando, Fla., Saturday, March 21, 2015.(AP Photo/Reinhold Matay)

    Jason Kokrak lines up a putt on the second green during the third round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational golf tournament in Orlando, Fla., Saturday, March 21, 2015.(AP Photo/Reinhold Matay)  (The Associated Press)

  • Henrik Stenson, of Sweden, reacts after missing a putt for birdie on the 17th green during the third round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational golf tournament in Orlando, Fla., Saturday, March 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

    Henrik Stenson, of Sweden, reacts after missing a putt for birdie on the 17th green during the third round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational golf tournament in Orlando, Fla., Saturday, March 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)  (The Associated Press)

  • Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, waits to walk down the 10th fairway after teeing off during the third round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational golf tournament in Orlando, Fla., Saturday, March 21, 2015.(AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

    Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, waits to walk down the 10th fairway after teeing off during the third round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational golf tournament in Orlando, Fla., Saturday, March 21, 2015.(AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)  (The Associated Press)

Henrik Stenson of Sweden made a 20-foot eagle and a tap-in birdie over the last three holes at Bay Hill to seize control Saturday in the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

Stenson had his second straight 6-under 66 for a two-shot lead over Morgan Hoffmann, who had a 71.

Six players were separated by three shots going into the final round, including defending champion Matt Every.

Rory McIlroy looked as if he would be among them. The world's No. 1 player pulled within one shot of the lead on the back nine until he made three straight bogeys.

McIlroy missed a 3-foot par putt on the 15th and took bogey on the par-5 16th. He had to settle for a 71 and was six back.

Stenson was at 16-under 200.