Woods out in front in Florida

Tiger Woods hit a one-under 71 to go into the final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill one shot ahead of the chasing pack (Woods 8/13 Tournament Outright).

With The Masters just a fortnight away, Woods (Now 9/2 Fav to win at Augusta) showed glimpses of his best form to end the day on -11, one clear of Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell with Ernie Els and Ian Poulter just two shots further back at eight under.

It could have been better for Woods as at one stage he had a four-shot lead but endured a late wobble in the final stretch to allow 2010 US Open champion McDowell back in to contention.

The 36-year-old American is chasing his seventh title at Bay Hill and has history on his side going into the final round.

On 48 occasions out of 52 Woods has converted third-round leads into victories, though he is chasing his first win on the PGA Tour since September 2009.

“I’ve still got the lead,” said Woods, denying suggestions he had squandered an opportunity by letting that four shot lead slip.

“I’ve played well to get here. It’s not like I’m slashing it all over the place and happened to be at 11 under.

“If you’re 11 under, you have done some good things. That’s how I’ve always looked at it. It’s a nice position to be in.”

Britain’s Justin Rose, who won the Cadillac Championship a fortnight ago, fell back from fifth to 14th after carding a round of 74, while defending champion Martin Laird shot the same score to drop from 12th to 25th.

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