Arnold Palmer Invitational 2018: Anirban Lahiri slips to T-74

Lahiri had two doubles, on the 8th and the 18th, and it made for a rather rough day, as he also endured two other bogeys, on 10th and 11th.

Anirban Lahiri did have four birdies, first on fifth, and then in a space of four holes, from 12th to the 15th, at Bay Hill. (File Photo)   -  AFP

Anirban Lahiri endured a roller-coaster back nine, to card a two-over 74, and slipped down to T-74, after the third round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational, here.

Lahiri had two doubles, on the 8th and the 18th, and it made for a rather rough day, as he also endured two other bogeys, on 10th and 11th. He did have four birdies, first on fifth, and then in a space of four holes, from 12th to the 15th, at Bay Hill.

Meanwhile, Swede Henrik Stenson did just enough to stay one shot ahead. Stenson missed a short birdie putt and a 12-foot eagle attempt, on the back nine, on Saturday.

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He even had his tee shot knocked down by a gust of wind, which led to bogey and closed out a one-under 71, to go into the final round, with another chance to win, at Bay Hill.

Among the rivals in focus will be Tiger Woods (69), who is five shots behind in Tied-10th. Bryson DeChambeau also missed his share of chances in a round of 72, and was second one shot behind Stenson.

A number of players are still very much in range, and one of them could be Tiger Woods. Rory McIlroy made eagle on No. 12, and birdied two of his last three holes, and was two shots behind.

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He will be in the penultimate group with Justin Rose, who shot a 67, while playing in the same group with Woods, and wounded up three shots behind. Ryan Moore (67) also was three back.

Woods made a super 12-foot birdie, following a sandwedge on the 18th for a 69. Woods was five shots behind. “I’m within reach if I shoot a really, really low round tomorrow,” Woods said.

Of his record eight victories at Bay Hill, Woods has led six times, and was tied for the lead another time. His lone comeback also was from five-shots behind in 2009, when he rallied to beat Sean O’Hair, with a 67 in the final round.

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Woods has nine players in front of him, and they have some pedigree. Stenson had a one-shot lead with four holes to play in 2015, when he had consecutive three-putts, and Matt Every beat him.

A year later, Stenson was tied for the lead on the back nine, until dropping two shots and tying for third. McIlroy has gone 26 tournaments since his last victory at the TOUR Championship, in 2016, to win the FedExCup.