Tiger Woods trails Justin Rose, Bill Haas in Arnold Palmer Invitational

March 22, 2013

Tiger Woods has plenty of work to do if he wants to defend his title at Bay Hill in Orlando and go back to No. 1 in the world.

Justin Rose three-putted the final hole for bogey and a 2-under-par 70 to share the lead Friday with Bill Haas in the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Haas did not have a par putt longer than four feet in his bogey-free round of 66.

Woods was one shot out of the lead until he bogeyed the last three holes. He went from the sand to the water on the par-5 16th, went long of the 17th green for another bogey and had to lay up short of the water on the par-4 18th for his third bogey. Woods had a 70 and was four shots behind. . . .

Hal Sutton, Steve Elkington, Corey Pavin and Roger Chapman each shot a 3-under 69 in light rain to share the first-round lead in the Champions Tour’s Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic in Saucier, Miss.

Sutton, 54, was the most surprising player among the leaders. Winless since the PGA Tour’s 2001 Houston Open, he had his left hip replaced in October.

Sutton made five birdies and salvaged bogey on the par-4 18th with a 15-foot putt. Pavin made three straight birdies on Nos. 6-8 to vault into a tie for the lead.

Tough scoring conditions made for a crowded leader board, with six players a stroke back. Defending champion Fred Couple s opened with a 72.

colleges

The Alabama fan who poisoned the iconic Toomer’s Corner oak trees at rival Auburn has been sentenced to three years in prison.

Court filings show that Harvey Updyke Jr. pleaded guilty to desecrating a venerated object and damaging an animal or crop facility.

The sentence requires him to serve at least six months in jail and spend five years on supervised probation. . . .

The morning session of day two at the NCAA Wrestling Championships in Des Moines saw Maryland’s Josh Asper and Jimmy Sheptock fall from the championship bracket as both suffered losses in the quarterfinal round. Despite the setback, three Terrapins are in position to earn all-American status.

Asper dropped an 11-3 major decision to fourth-ranked Robert Kokesh of Nebraska at 174 pounds.

At 184, Sheptock dropped a defensive affair against second-seeded Ben Bennett of Central Michigan. Bennett escaped to begin the second period and that was all he needed for the victory. The 1-0 score was the same margin that Bennett used to defeat Sheptock in December.

And Christian Boley continued to advance through the 197-pound consolation bracket. Boley recorded two wins in the morning session and is one win from all-American status.

Meantime, Virginia’s three quarterfinalists all dropped their matches in the morning and fell into the consolation bracket: Matt Snyder (125 pounds), Jedd Moore (157) and Nick Sulzer (165) still have a shot at all-American status in the double-elimination tournament. But Navy’s wrestling season came to a conclusion after its final two wrestlers lost — 184-pounder Mason Bailey and 149-pounder Raymond Borja.

MISC.

With an ankle injury forcing two-time champion Victoria Azarenka to withdraw from the Sony Open, Lauren Davis quickly went from lucky loser to lucky winner. Given a spot in the draw because Azarenka pulled out, Davis took advantage of shaky play by fellow American Madison Keys in the decisive tiebreaker to win their second-round match, 6-1, 5-7, 7-6 (9-7).

Davis trailed 6-3 in the tiebreaker and then saved three match consecutive points, all on unforced errors by Keys.

This was Davis’s first victory at Key Biscayne, and the 19-year-old barely made the tournament. She learned at 10 a.m. that Azarenka had quit, and an hour later was playing on the stadium court. . . .

Ray Williams, the former New York Knicks guard who averaged 15.5 points and 5.8 assists in 10 seasons in the NBA, died at age 58. The Knicks confirmed the former guard’s death but didn’t provide a cause. Coach Mike Woodson said he spoke to Williams’ wife and brother to offer his condolences.

— From news services

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