Woods extends lead at Bay Hill
Even with a three-putt bogey Tiger Woods had the better of the early exchanges in the final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill.
One ahead of Graeme McDowell when they resumed, six-time champion Woods made amends for his second green slip-up with birdies on the next two to reach 12 under par. First he pitched to 12 feet and then he converted a 14-foot chance on the first of the par fives.
McDowell, who came from four back to beat the 14-major winner in the 2010 Chevron World Challenge in California, plugged his second shot of the day in a bunker and from there went into more sand over the green. It led to a double-bogey six for the Northern Irishman, but he had the unexpected bonus of a 45-footer from the fringe of the third to get back to nine under.
England's Ian Poulter was one further back in third, recovering from a bogey on the second with a six-foot birdie three holes later.
His playing partner Ernie Els needed to finish outright third or better to qualify for The Masters by climbing into the world's top 50, but the South African missed a par putt of little more than two feet on the first.
By following that with four pars Els was joined in fourth place by Korean Charlie Wi.
Woods is chasing the 98th victory of his professional career, but his first PGA Tour title since September 2009 - two months before his sex scandal hit the headlines.
He went over two years without a win anywhere prior to capturing the Chevron World Challenge last December and pulled out of his last event two weeks ago with an Achilles tendon strain on his left ankle.