Mar
25
2012
Arnold Palmer Invitational Sunday Dartboard: Tiger to Run Away With Win…?
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

Tiger eyes win at Bay Hill

First of all, what the heck is the “Dartboard”? It’s what was formerly known as the “Open Thread” — you know, where we toss out some talking points and you share your thoughts and/or observations on the day. So, Tiger is looking really, really good early in the final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational. He’s in excellent position to win for the seventh time here.

 

After hitting a beautiful drive down the middle of the fairway, Graeme McDowell, who started just at -10, one stroke behind Woods, went all 10-handicapper with his short game on the first hole and made double-bogey to quickly extend Tiger’s lead to three shots. He recovered nicely on the No. 3, draining a putt from the fringe at No. 3 to get back to nine-under.

Just when you thought Tiger was going to drop a shot after running a tough chip 14 feet past the hole on the par-5 4th, he rolled in the putt for birdie to get to 12-under.

What are you setting the over/under on for number of strokes Tiger will win by?

C’mon, guys. Step it up, let’s make it a little interesting at least. We gotta continue this season’s trend of crazy exciting Sundays. I mean, how good was this finish in 2009?? Aside: I dug deep in the WUP archives for that gem, which was one of the first posts I wrote ever!

Who else is hunting down Tiger? Well, G-Mac is still three back. Ian Poulter is in solo third at -8, Ernie Els (who needs third or better for a chance to break into the top 50 and earn an invite to the Masters) and Charlie Wi are -7, and Chris Stroud is -6.

A few PGA Tour rookies are making some waves in their first start at Bay Hill.  Bud Cauley is now on the first page of the leaderboard at six-under (he birdied No. 9 since I started writing this post and he’s tied with Stroud. Meanwhile, the little lefty Brian Harman, who shot 77 in the opening round, is already in the clubhouse after firing a four-under 68 to make a significant move up the ‘board. He might even sneak in the top ten! Impressive — the kid has a lot of fight in him, obviously.

Oh, wow, Tiger just hit a ridiculously sick shot on the par-5 6th. He has a 16-footer for eagle. Game over. Thanks for playing, guys!

I’m off to watch the action in person.

(AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)