Date: March 22, 2013
Author: Omnisport

Ogilvy five off the pace as Rose leads

England&aposs Justin Rose leads the Arnold Palmer Invitational by two shots, after a scintillating first round of seven-under 65 in Florida, while Geoff Ogilvy is five strokes off the pace. Rose was one over through three holes after teeing off on the back nine, but reached the turn at three under courtesy of two birdies and an eagle on the par-five 16th at Bay Hill Club and Lodge, Orlando. Four straight birdies from holes four to seven then saw him catapult to the lead, two clear from American John Huh. Huh (five under) blotched a near flawless day on the ninth hole – his last for the round – with a bogey, having gone six under in his first 14 holes. Next in were American John Rollins and Canada&aposs Brad Fritsch on four under, trailed by a group of 10 on three under – including defending champion Tiger Woods. Woods endured a turbulent day on the course, getting to three under through seven but reached the turn one under after back-to-back bogeys. Three successive birdies gleaned from holes four to six saw the 76-time PGA Tour winner to four under, but he immediately gave one back on the seventh, ultimately carding a 69 on the par-72 course. Tied for fifth with Woods are Japan&aposs Ryo Ishikawa, Denmark&aposs Thorbjorn Olesen, Spain&aposs Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano and Americans Charley Hoffman, Nick Watney, Sean O&aposHair, Bill Haas, Jimmy Walker and Ben Kohles. England&aposs Ian Poulter, Northern Ireland&aposs Graeme McDowell and Spain&aposs Sergio Garcia were some of the big names further back, with the trio level for 40th on even par. Left-handed American Phil Mickelson was one over, while South Africa&aposs Ernie Els was three over, Italian Francesco Molinari also carded a 75 and last year&aposs US Open champion Webb Simpson had a shocker to be eight over. Ogilvy was the best of the Australians after carding a two-under 70, while Matt Jones, Jason Day and John Senden were all one under. Robert Allenby shot even par, but Marc Leishman (two over), Aaron Baddeley, Scott Gardiner (both three over), Greg Chalmers (four over), Rod Pampling (five over) and Stuart Appleby (six over) all dropped shots.