Rose leads Bay Hill; Tiger, O'Hair 4 back

Posted: March 23, 2013

ORLANDO, Fla. - Justin Rose started out as another guy in Tiger Woods' group Thursday at Bay Hill. He wound up in the lead.

Rose put on a clinic with the putter and ran off four straight birdies late in his round for a 7-under 65, giving him a 2-shot lead after the opening round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

Woods had two sloppy bogeys from greenside bunkers. But he made enough key par saves and manhandled the par 5s to scratch out a 69, a reasonable start as he tries to win Bay Hill for the eighth time and return to No. 1 in the world.

Also in the group at 69 with Woods were Ryo Ishikawa of Japan, Nick Watney, Sean O'Hair of West Chester and Bill Haas, who bogeyed his last two holes.

LPGA Tour

CARLSBAD, Calif. - Jane Park shot a bogey-free, 6-under 66 to take a 1-stroke lead after the opening round of the Kia Classic at Aviara.

European Tour

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand shot a 7-under 65 to take the clubhouse lead at the Malaysian Open before thunderstorms caused the suspension of the first round.

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