Tiger Woods fuming despite strong start after a sloppy piece of course maintenance cost him the lead at the Arnold Palmer Invitational

TIGER WOODS was fuming after a sloppy piece of course maintenance cost him the lead at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

The American, forty two, was disgusted after a wild three wooden at the tough third gap at Bay Hill crept underneath a piece of netting and completed out of bounds.

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That cost him a double bogey six — and as an alternative of capturing a six-beneath sixty six he needed to accept a sixty eight,  leaving him a shot behind early tempo-setter Jimmy Walker.

The 14-time Main champion discovered it arduous to include his anger afterwards.

He fumed: “If the internet was dealing with the different means, with the flap at the backside dealing with the course, then in all probability my ball wouldn’t have gone beneath it.

“It was not that I didn’t agree with the ruling as my ball was out by about three to 4 inches.

 Tiger Woods fumed after seeing a rogue shot creep under a fence

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Tiger Woods fumed after seeing a rogue shot creep underneath a fence

“And whether or not or not the fence ought to have been dealing with the different means — nicely I used to be not in the temper to ask!”

Woods didn’t let that mishap derail him.

He reacted with birdies at three of the subsequent 4 holes, holing a monster 71ft effort on the seventh for the largest cheer of the day.

And he’s already scenting an unimaginable ninth victory on this occasion — particularly if he stays scorching with the putter.

He stated: “It was candy to observe that drop. I used to be simply making an attempt to make my par and get out of there.

“It was coming over that hill a little too fast and it had a crash at the gap — however that’s not one thing I’m complaining about!

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“I’ve all the time appreciated enjoying right here. It fits my eye.

“I’ve had success underneath totally different circumstances and that’s all the time a feather in the cap at programs the place  I’ve had some success over time.” Woods began on the again 9 and when he walked off the 18th at three-underneath issues have been wanting good.

And despite that double bogey, he’s nonetheless sitting fairly.

All his rising confidence was mirrored by the reality he birdied all 4 par fives at Bay Hill.

It was his first clear sweep on the lengthy holes since the 2015 Gamers Championship.

Woods’ countryman Patrick Reed additionally shot a sixty eight and England’s Justin Rose is one behind after a sixty nine that included a horrible triple bogey seven on the eleventh.

Graeme McDowell can also be on sixty nine however Ian Poulter might solely handle a one-over seventy three.

TIGER WOODS was fuming after a sloppy piece of course maintenance cost him the lead at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

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