Justin Rose started out as another guy in Tiger Woods' group Thursday at Bay Hill in Orlando, Fla. He wound up in the lead.
Rose put on a clinic with the putter and ran off four straight birdies late in his round for a 7-under 65, giving him a two-shot lead after the opening round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
Woods had two sloppy bogeys from greenside bunkers and didn't hit it as well as he did when he won Doral two weeks ago. But he made enough key par saves and manhandled the par 5s to scratch out a 69, a reasonable start as he tries to win the Bay Hill event for the eighth time and return to No. 1 in the world.
John Huh had a chance to catch Rose late in the afternoon, but needing a birdie on the final hole, he found a fairway bunker on No. 9 and took bogey for a 67. John Rollins and Brad Fritsch were at 68.
Phil Mickelson (73) reached 1 under only to throw those shots away with three-putt bogeys on the last two holes. Brandt Snedeker, playing for the first time in five weeks because of a rib injury, took triple bogey on his 17th hole and had a 76.
LPGA Tour: Jane Park shot a bogey-free 6-under 66 to take a one-stroke lead over Caroline Hedwall and Karrie Webb after the first round of the Kia Classic in Carlsbad. Park, who lives in Rancho Cucamonga and went to UCLA, made the turn in 2 under. After a par on No. 1, she birdied four of the next five holes.
Stacy Lewis, playing her first round since taking over the No. 1 spot in the world from Yani Tseng, was four shots back after a 70. She is trying to win her third straight tournament.