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Rose leads by 2 in Orlando

6:30 PM, Mar 21, 2013   |    comments
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Orlando, FL (Sports Network) - Justin Rose carded a 7-under 65 on Thursday to grab a 2-stroke lead at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

Rose, who most recently finished in a tie for eighth place at the WGC - Cadillac Championship two weeks ago, has finished inside the top 20 of all five events he has started this year, including three top-10 finishes.

John Huh finished his first round at Bay Hill Club & Lodge with a 5-under 67 to sit alone in second place, while John Rollins and Brad Fritsch share third place at minus-4.

Tiger Woods was a shot behind Rose following an eagle at the 16th, but then closed his round with back-to-back bogeys to fall into a group of 10 players tied for fifth place at 3-under.

"I didn't drive it well, didn't hit my irons well and didn't control my distances or trajectory well," Woods said about his disappointing finish.

Also among that group is Bill Haas, who like Woods was within a stroke of the lead following a birdie at the 12th, but bogeyed three of his last five holes to fall four shots off the pace.

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