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Stenson, DeChambeau tied for early lead at Bay Hill

From FOX Sports - March 16, 2018

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP)Henrik Stenson gave himself another chance to win at Bay Hill, and he made it a little bit tougher on Tiger Woods.

Stenson made three big par saves at the turn to keep the round from getting away from him, ran off three straight birdies on his back nine and posted a 3-under 69 that gave him a share of the 36-hole lead Friday with Bryson DeChambeau in the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

The chilly weather warmed in the afternoon, just not enough for Woods to do the same. He didnt make a birdie until the 12th hole, never had a birdie putt inside 12 feet except for the par 5s on the back nine, and did well to scrap it around for a 72 to go into the weekend seven shots behind.

I didnt hit the ball close, I didnt hit the ball well, Woods said. But I was just hanging in therejust try not to shoot myself out of the tournament.

DeChambeau finished strong with an 8-iron into 7 feet for eagle on the par-5 16th and an approach to 4 feet for birdie on the 18th, giving him a 66 and his third time with a share of the 36-hole lead on the PGA Tour.

I think every week Im good enough to win or play my best, he said. Its just sometimes a kick here, a break here and thats just what happens.

Stenson and DeChambeau were at 11-under 133, two shots clear of PGA Tour rookie Talor Gooch (70).

Stenson had a two-shot lead going into the final round in 2015 at Bay Hill and stumbled at the end after getting put on the clock. Two years ago, he was tied for the lead with five holes to play until two bogeys over the next three holes.

His putting carried him to a 64 in the opening round, and it saved him again on Friday.

I made some great par putts and a bunker up-and-down, so that was really key today to keep the round going, Stenson said. I didnt drop a shot, where I could have easily dropped three shots on those holes. So that was crucial.

Temperatures were around 50 when he teed off, and it was clear Stenson has been gone from Sweden too long, living in Dubai and more recently in Orlando. If not for the tournament, he described this as a day to sit in the clubhouse with hot chocolate and wait for it to get warm.

I might be Swedish, but Ive gone soft , he said. I lived in a nice climate for too many years.

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