Tiger Woods takes lead at Bay Hill

Associated Press  |  Last updated March 22, 2012

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL - MAY 08: Tiger Woods waves to patrons from the green on the ninth hole during the third round of THE PLAYERS Championship held at THE PLAYERS Stadium course at TPC Sawgrass on May 8, 2010 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
Tiger Woods is in a place he hasn't been in more than two years -- in the lead on the PGA Tour going into the weekend. Woods ran off four straight birdies early in his round Friday and made short work of the par 5s on his way to a 7-under 65, giving him a one-shot lead over Graeme McDowell and Jason Dufner at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. It's the first time since the 2009 Tour Championship that Woods has been the 36-hole leader. He also had the 36-hole lead in the Australian Open four months ago and finished third. Woods is a six-time winner at Bay Hill. He looked closer than ever to winning a tour event -- any tour -- for the first time since November 2009.
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