Stenson shares lead with DeChambeau at Bay Hill

Henrik Stenson holds one stroke lead at Arnold Palmer Invitational, Tiger Woods five strokes back

Tiger Woods is fighting to stay in the mix while Henrik Stenson and Bryson DeChambeau continue to move clear atop the leaderboard during the third round at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

Masters favourite Tiger woods will need one of his vintage Sunday performances at the Arnold Palmer Invitational if he is to break a US PGA Tour win drought of nearly five years.

"Golf is amusing game, my putter wasn't working at all last week, I actually hit the ball alright through the two rounds I played but just couldn't get a birdie and had to go do some work on my putting and got that going".

A victory on Sunday could get him back on track, and it would be his first worldwide victory since his incredible performance at the 2016 TOUR Championship. Meanwhile the competition sharpened its skills and took aim, adding many birdies to their scorecards while Woods did not. He managed a 70 despite dropping three strokes in a meltdown on the last two holes.

"I still feel like I'm coming back", said Woods, who is on the comeback trail after spinal fusion surgery last April. "Yeah, I think so".

"I do need to play the par-fives better", he started. "That's the way this golf course is meant to be played That's how Arnold always wanted it to be played".

If you have any interest in golf, you're likely aware that after a couple years, myriad injury setbacks and other personal struggles, Tiger Woods had a stunning performance last weekend at the Valspar Championship, finishing second and almost walking away with the trophy. Barring an epic back nine and something of a meltdown from Stenson, Woods likely won't earn his first win of the year in Orlando, but his improving play continues to impress nonetheless. Wise missed a six-foot birdie putt on the final hole.

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Graeme McDowell was the only other Irish contender to make the weekend and he sits on six under par for the tournament after carding an impressive 69.

Luck held top Australian honours at the start of the day but trod water on the front nine with a birdie and a bogey before giving back two shots on the run to the clubhouse to slip to 3-under overall and a share of 35th.

He tied for 10th with Grayson Murray, Bud Cauley and Patrick Reed.

"I'm going to have to shoot a low one tomorrow and probably get a little bit of help", he said.

BC-GLF-Bay Hill, 1st Ld-Writethru, 853 Stenson takes 1-shot lead at Bay Hill; Woods 5 backAP Photo FLPE119, FLPE133, FLPE118, FLPE124, FLPE120Eds: Updates. Also competing are Rory McIlroy, Henrik Stenson, Hideki Matsuyama, Bubba Watson, Jason Day and Rickie Fowler.

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