Tiger Woods is one round away from returning to No. 1 in the world.

With key par saves early in his round and an eagle for the third straight day at Bay Hill (Fla.), Woods seized control of the Arnold Palmer Invitational with a 6-under 66 on Saturday.

Woods was at 11-under 205, two strokes ahead of Rickie Fowler (67), John Huh (71) and Justin Rose (72), who at one point was six strokes ahead of Woods. Rose had a 3-over 39 on the back nine.

"I made a few putts, and that's what I was pleased with today," Woods said.

Woods hasn't been No. 1 since the last week of October 2010. That can change Sunday with a victory on a Bay Hill course where he already has won seven times.

"Just because I've won here doesn't ensure that I'm going to win the tournament," he said. "The conditions are different. The game might be different. But the objective is still to put myself in position to win the golf tournament and somehow get it done on Sunday. Over the course of my career, I've done a pretty decent job of that."

Woods, who has won twice on the PGA Tour this year, surged ahead with a 6-iron into 12 feet on the 15th for birdie, and another 6-iron into 20 feet on the 16th for an eagle. He can tie a tour record for most wins at one tournament. Sam Snead won the Greater Greensboro Open eight times.

LPGA Tour: Beatriz Recari drove the green on the 285-yard 16th hole to set up a 4-foot eagle putt and finished with a 3-under 69 for a two-shot lead in the Kia Classic in Carlsbad.


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Recari, who won her lone tour title in 2010, had an 11under 205 total at Aviara Golf Club.

Karrie Webb was second after a 70. She had bogeys on Nos. 13 and 17.

Pleasanton native Paula Creamer (71) and I.K. Kim (70) were three shots back. Stacy Lewis, playing her first tournament as No. 1 in the world, was four back after a 69.

Champions Tour: Corey Pavin birdied his first six holes and finished with a 5-under 67 to join Bernhard Langer (65), Roger Chapman (67) and Joe Daley (66) atop the leader board after the second round of the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic in Saucier. They were at 8-under 136. Defending champion Fred Couples (66) was just two shots back.