Arnold Palmer Invitational 2012 Leaderboard: Tiger Woods Comfortably In Front On Back 9

Tiger Woods is just a few holes away from recording his first win since 2009, leading by four strokes as the 2012 Arnold Palmer Invitational winds down. Woods is at 2-under for the day and 13-under for the tournament with just four holes to go. He just hit his approach into the green on No. 15 and has the upper hand over his playing partner, Graeme McDowell.

It's clear Woods knows what he needs to do: play conservative golf and avoid mistakes over the final three holes. With McDowell struggling -- at 1-over for the day -- and nobody else close, Woods has been content to plod along, taking less than driver off the tees and hitting safe approaches into the dangerous greens.

Woods is seven shots clear of Ernie Els and Ian Poulter, who sit in a tie for third a few groups ahead of Woods. It's a two-horse race at Bay Hill and, barring a massive collapse, Woods should finally break through in his final tournament before The Masters.

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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