Woods shares lead at Arnold Palmer Invitational

Mar 16, 2007 - 1:20 PM By Andrew Both SportsTicker Golf Writer

ORLANDO, Florida (Ticker) -- Tiger Woods shares the lead in the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

First-round play will resume on Friday before the second round begins. There were 11 players on the Bay Hill course when play was suspended Thursday due to an afternoon storm.

Playing just his fourth event of the season, Woods fired an almost flawless 6-under-par 64 to join Vaughn Taylor and Paul Casey atop the leaderboard.

Sergio Garcia, Carl Pettersson, Trevor Immelman, Rocco Mediate and Sean O'Hair are two strokes behind the leaders.

Woods missed only one green, the par-4 18th hole - his ninth - where he had little choice but to take a penalty stroke after his second shot ended up in the rocks guarding the green.

Casey did something Woods could not - play bogey-free golf. The 29-year-old Brit capped his day with a seven-foot birdie.

Casey said it was his best round at Bay Hill, although that's not exactly saying much. He pulled out after an opening 77 in his only previous appearance.

Despite his lofty world ranking of 13th, Casey admittedly has been an underachiever on the PGA Tour, where he has never finished better than fourth.

Taylor was a Ryder Cup team member last year, but his only two tour victories have come at the Reno-Tahoe Open, played on the same dates as a World Golf Championships event which attracts the top players.

Taylor knows he must win against the best to validate his career. He is trying to remain patient, although his final-round scoring average this year is a pitiful 74.20. At last week's Pods Championship, he was five strokes from the lead starting the final round but shot a miserable 77.

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