Tiger de-clawed (so far) in Arnie Invitational

Mar 14, 2008 8:00 PM

by Kevin Stott |

After winning three straight tournaments to start the season, Tiger Woods (even, Coast Casinos) finds himself tied for 34th place and five strokes back of leaders Fred Couples and J.J. Henry heading into the second round of play of the Arnold Palmer Invitational at the Bay Hill Club & Lodge in Orlando, Florida today.

Couples, 48, and Henry both fired five-under 65’s in the first round of play on Thursday to lead all players in the clubhouse. The two golfers were both grouped in the 10-1 "Field" futures pool at Coast Casinos.

Four linksters were tied for second one-shot back at four under par (66) including Vijay Singh (15-1), Lee Westwood (50-1) and Tom Lehman and Lucas Glover, who were both also in the 10-1 "Field" pool.

Woods – who has won Bay Hill four times (2000-2003) – is seeking to win his third straight on the PGA Tour and fifth in a row dating back to last season. The record number of consecutive PGA victories is held by Byron Nelson (11).

Last year Woods tied for 22nd in the tournament as Vijay Singh captured the title with an eight-under, 272.

The third round of the tournament airs on The Golf Channel this afternoon (3-6 p.m. ET/ 12-3 p.m. PT) with the final two rounds being broadcast on Saturday and Sunday on NBC (2:30-6 p.m. ET/11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. PT).