Arnold Palmer Invitational: Henrik Stenson leads as Tiger Woods shines at Bay Hill

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Swede Henrik Stenson (Getty Pictures)

Henrik Stenson fired an eight-beneath sixty four to seize the lead at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, whereas Tiger Woods thrilled Thursday.

Stenson, the 2015 runner-up at Bay Hill, was spectacular on the again 9, making six birdies in seven holes to seize the outright lead.

The Swede has two prime-10 finishes in 4 occasions this yr and is properly-positioned so as to add to that in Florida.

Woods, a report eight-time winner of the PGA Tour occasion, continued to point out good indicators on his return.

The 14-time main champion is tied for seventh at four beneath after a strong opening spherical.

A double bogey at the par-four third was pricey for Woods, who holed an unimaginable seventy one-footer for birdie at the seventh.

Woods is enjoying his fifth occasion of the yr, having completed tied for second at the Valspar Championship final week.

Aaron Clever and Talor Gooch are locked in second at 7 underneath after firing 65s.

Rickie Fowler opened with a sixty seven to be tied for fourth alongside Jimmy Walker and Bryson DeChambeau.

Becoming a member of Woods a shot additional again are Patrick Reed, An Byeong-hun, Billy Horschel, Brian Harman and J.B. Holmes.

Rory McIlroy, who has missed two cuts in his previous 4 begins, double-bogeyed 18, however nonetheless completed with a three-beneath sixty nine.

Defending champion Marc Leishman made a strong begin with a 2-beneath 70 leaving him in a tie for twenty second.

World No. 10 and 2016 winner Jason Day might solely hearth a 1-over seventy three.