Rose leads by 2 in Orlando

Updated: March 21, 2013

Justin Rose carded a 7-under 65 on Thursday to
grab a 2-stroke lead at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

Rose, who most recently finished in a tie for eighth place at the WGC –
Cadillac Championship two weeks ago, has finished inside the top 20 of all
five events he has started this year, including three top-10 finishes.

John Huh finished his first round at Bay Hill Club & Lodge with a 5-under 67
to sit alone in second place, while John Rollins and Brad Fritsch share third
place at minus-4.

Tiger Woods was a shot behind Rose following an eagle at the 16th, but then
closed his round with back-to-back bogeys to fall into a group of 10 players
tied for fifth place at 3-under.

“I didn’t drive it well, didn’t hit my irons well and didn’t control my
distances or trajectory well,” Woods said about his disappointing finish.

Also among that group is Bill Haas, who like Woods was within a stroke of the
lead following a birdie at the 12th, but bogeyed three of his last five holes
to fall four shots off the pace.