Sixteen players were separated by five shots going into the weekend, and the question was how much fire the downpour at the conclusion of Friday would take out of Bay Hill.
Ken Duke (68), J.J. Henry (67) and Jim Walker (69) were at six-under 138. Woods was right behind, along with Mark Wilson and Vijay Singh, who each shot 68. Rickie Fowler had a 67 and joined the large group at four-under 140.
Rose was not just fooled by the speed of the green on the 18th hole. He also had a spectator get in his head over a 15-foot birdie attempt on the 13th. The putt narrowly missed and Rose spun around and pointed his finger at the noisy spectator. It was not about heckling, rather advice.
“I was reading the putt thinking: ‘Might go a little bit right-to-left of the hole. Fairly straight overall.’ And as I’m lining it up, someone is like: ‘It goes right. It goes right. It goes right.’ So I’m like: ‘OK, thanks, buddy,’” Rose said. “It’s just one of those annoying moments where you’re having to then battle someone who planted a seed. And I hit a great putt that’s in the middle with four feet to go and it goes left of the hole.”
He smiled when he finished the story. After all, he was still tied for the lead.