ORLANDO — Henrik Stenson of Sweden finished with another develop during Bay Hill on Saturday and seized control of a Arnold Palmer Invitational.
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It was a second true day that Stenson played a final 4 holes in 4-under par. Two shots behind, he finished a 12-foot birdie on a 15th hole, a 20-foot eagle putt on a par-5 16th and finished with a pitching throng that plopped down 2 feet from a 18th hole for 6-under 66.
He had a two-shot lead over Morgan Hoffmann, who stumbled on a front nine, recovered with 3 birdies in 4 holes afterwards stalled during a finish for 71.
Stenson, a No. 3 actor in a world, was during 16-under 200. “It’s a new day tomorrow, so whatever has happened these initial 3 days has put me in a good position,” he said. “But it’s got to be finished all over tomorrow.”
Six players were distant by 3 shots, a organisation that enclosed fortifying champion and former Gator Matt Every.
Rory McIlroy looked as yet he would be among them. The world’s No. 1 actor pulled to within one of a lead with his fourth birdie of a turn on a 13th hole. But he ran off 3 true bogeys, blank a standard putt from usually inside 3 feet on No. 15 and chopping adult a par-5 16th hole. He effectively gave adult dual shots to a margin on a 16th, where usually one other actor unsuccessful to make standard or better.
McIlroy missed a cut in a Honda Classic and finished 8 behind during Doral. Asked if Bay Hill counted as being in contention, he replied, “Not anymore.”
“I theory if we can get off to a quick start (today) … maybe we will have a chance,” he said. “It would have been nicer to be a small closer to a lead going into tomorrow.”
Still on a border of quarrel was Sam Saunders, a 27-year-old grandson of Palmer, who shot 67 to join a organisation during 8-under 208.
Daniel Berger got into a record book with a initial albatross in Bay Hill history, holing a 4-iron from 237 yards on a par-5 sixth hole. Berger’s second shot narrowly privileged a rocks that apart a immature from a lake. It landed nearby a border and trickled into a crater for 2.
“I strike a large iron,” pronounced Berger, a 21-year-old rookie who mislaid in a playoff during a Honda Classic during a start of a Florida swing. “I burning it. It landed perfect, and we didn’t see it go in, though a approach a throng reacted we figured it was possibly in or close. When we got adult there, it was flattering cold to collect a turn adult out of a hole.”
And where is a ball?
“I threw it to a small child in a crowd,” he pronounced after 4-under 68. “Maybe it finished his day. He might not know who we am, though it’s fine.”
Champions: Marco Dawson finished a 15-foot standard putt on a par-4 18th for 5-under 67 and a one-shot lead after a second turn during a Tucson (Ariz.) Conquistadores Classic. The 51-year-old Dawson, creation his 21st start on a 50-and-over tour, non-stop with dual birdies, finished 4 in quarrel on Nos. 7-10 and had his sole spook on a par-3 17th for 10-under 134. Jerry Smith, a first-round personality after creation a hole-in-one in a turn of 65, forsaken 3 strokes on a final dual holes to tumble to 8 under.
LPGA: Kim Kaufman birdied a par-4 18th for 5-under 67 and a one-stroke lead after a behind second turn of a JTBC Founders Cup in Phoenix. She had 6 holes left when dark dangling play Friday in a contest that fell behind Thursday when sleet behind a start 4 hours.