Career-low at Bay Hill gives Westwood lead

Lee Westwood has grabbed the lead after three round of the PGA Tour event at Bay Hill.
Camera IconLee Westwood has grabbed the lead after three round of the PGA Tour event at Bay Hill.

Lee Westwood is leading the PGA Tour's Arnold Palmer Invitational after an amazing third round at Bay Hill in which Jordan Spieth aced the second hole and Bryson DeChambeau shocked the golfing world again.

Westwood made a pair of 30-foot putts over the final three holes, one for eagle and the other a closing birdie, for a 7-under 65 that has England's ageless wonder at 11-under and one-shot clear heading into the final round at Bay Hill.

Bryson DeChambeau (68) is just behind Westwood at 10-under along with second-round leader Corey Conners (71) of Canada.

Keegan Bradley had the low round of the week with his 64 rocketing him into a share of fourth at 9-under with Spieth (68), who aced the 222-yard second hole.

Australia's Jason Day had five birdies and a bogey in his round of 68, which lifted him 10 places to a tie for 11th at 6-under.

Former world No.1 Westwood, who turns 48 next month, is ranked 39th but the last of his two PGA Tour wins came in 2010.

His most recent international win came in January 2020 at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, his 25th career victory on the European Tour.

"It's nice to still be playing in these tournaments... it just shows that I'm still capable of playing well in these tournaments with all the good young players around me and obviously contending, because that's what I'm doing this week," Westwood said..

Now he goes up against US Open champion DeChambeau, whose Saturday included a birdie on the par-5 sixth hole in which is 370-yard drive cut off so much of the hole that wraps around a lake that he had only 70 yards for his second shot on the 531-yard hole.

"Oh, man, I felt like a kid again, for sure," DeChambeau said about his tee shot that needed more than 300 yards of carry to execute.

"It was exciting, especially when you pull it off.

"It was almost like winning a tournament. It's kind of the feeling I had.

"It was like, 'Oh, I did it'.

"I got the same chills and feeling when I saw it clear and there was no splash.

"I gave the fans what they wanted."

Jordan Spieth opened with a birdie and a hole-in-one, took the lead by holing a bunker shot on the par-3 seventh, saved par after a tee shot into the water but dropped a couple of shots late in his round.

"That was obviously a really cool moment," Spieth said of his hole-in-one, which was not the only ace on moving day.

Thai Jazz Janewattananond made one on the 212-yard 14th hole that thrust him into the mix with a 69, leaving him four shots behind Westwood in a group that includes Rory McIlroy (72).

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