ORLANDO, FL - MARCH 25: Tiger Woods of the USA plays his tee shot at the par 3, second hole during the final round of the 2012 Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard at Bay Hill Club and Lodge on March 25, 2012 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

Tiger Woods Gets Back On Track, Wins 2012 Arnold Palmer Invitational

Tiger Woods cruised to a five-shot win at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, his first PGA Tour win since 2009 | GOLF.com: Leaderboard

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Arnold Palmer Invitational 2012 Leaderboard: Tiger Woods Leads After 3 Rounds

One bad hole -- really bad by his standards -- turned what could've been a comfortable lead through three rounds into a slim one for Tiger Woods at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Woods was leading by three strokes as he teed off on No. 15, despite a somewhat shaky day that had a much different feel than Friday. And then he hit his tee shot into someone's yard.

An impressive recovery left Woods with a moderate-length bogey putt, but his attempt missed the mark, leading to a double-bogey. Suddenly the three-shot lead was down to one, following the mess.

He did recover, however, birdying No. 16 to get to 11-under. Two pars on the last two holes kept Woods at 11-under, one shot clear of Graeme McDowell. The two will be paired together in the final group on Sunday as Woods tries to finally break through and win an event -- his last chance to do so before The Masters.

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Arnold Palmer Invitational 2012: Tiger Woods Atop Leaderboard After Superb Round

There's still a long way to go in the Arnold Palmer Invitational, but Tiger Woods is perched atop the leaderboard after an excellent second round at Bay Hill. Woods followed up his first-round 69 with a 7-under 65 on Friday, taking a one-shot lead into the clubhouse with a few golfers still left out on the course.

It was a clean round for Woods, with seven birdies and no bogeys on the day. On 18, Woods just missed putting an exclamation point on his round as his birdie putt hit a pock mark in the green and hopped just off-line, burning the edge of the hole. He did, however, settle for a par, maintaining his clean scorecard.

Woods is chased by Jason Dufner and Graeme McDowell, who each sit one-shot back at 9-under for the tournament. Charlie Wi, still on the course at this time, is two shots back at 8-under and still has plenty of room to catch Woods before the second round comes to a close.

The full leaderboard can be found over here.

For updates and results on the 2012 Arnold Palmer Invitational, keep checking this StoryStream. For all news and information regarding the wonderful world of golf, please visit Waggle Room or stay tuned to SB Nation's dedicated golf hub.

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