Day 3 of the Arnold Palmer Invitational certainly provided a lot of excitement and drama. Saturday is moving day in any event and Henrik Stenson did not disappoint.
The big swede made 4 birdies and an eagle on his way to a 6 under par 66, getting himself into the lead at -16.
Overnight leader Morgan Hoffmann couldn't maintain his lead and finished 1 under par on Saturday to finish 2 back but still in touch.
World No1 Rory McIlroy finished the day disappointingly 1 under par. He did get to -4 but 3 dropped shots at 14,15 and 16 saw a frustrating day leave him 7 back. Rory never looked to be in full form and showed even in 3rd gear he can manage to be in contention. Even if he finds first gear on Sunday I still think making 7 shots back on an in form Stenson will be too much to ask.
Harris English was the only player at the top not to finish under par for the day, having got himself into contention a level par round sees him drop 6 back from Stenson.
Jason Kokrak did have the lead for a short time as he got to -13 with an impressive 6 under par round on Saturday but Stenson finished too strongly and takes a 2 shot lead into the final day. Last years champion Matt Every is also 3 back with Kokrak at 13 under par, knowing what it takes to win at Bay Hill may be useful on Sunday.
The Arnold Palmer Invitational has certainly lived up to its reputation of being a low scoring event filled with a lot of birdies and even an albatross from Daniel Berger!
It's great to see the likes of Padraig Harrington and Ian Poulter finding some form ahead of the first Major of the year. Young Englishman Danny Willet is also showing some good form ahead of his first Masters appearance, he is -5 so far for the week, having already broken into the top 50 let's hope he can build on his form and make a transition to the PGA Tour.
I think Henrik Stensons 2 shot lead will be enough to see him take the 2015 Arnold Palmer Invitational title, he has the experience and form to maintain a 2 shot lead or even build on it.
With the Masters right around the corner it's exciting to see some of the worlds best hitting top form at the right time. This win by Henrik Stenson may just see his odd of winning take change, I still expect Rory McIlroy to be favorite with Stenson close behind.
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