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Six highlights from a rollercoaster third round at the Arnold Palmer Invitational

An action-packed Saturday at Bay Hill treated fans with some eye-catching golf on show.

Saturday at Bay Hill didn't disappoint.
The 2021 Arnold Palmer Invitational had galleries, a rare treat in the post-lockdown world, and in the third round the actions whipped up plenty of surprised for them.

It was like the old times were returning when Bryson DeChambeau attacked the par-5 6th from the tee, provoking loud cheers from ecstatic fans.

Jordan Spieth added plenty of drama of his own and liked the atmosphere to "the Ryder Cup".

But a strong finish from Englishman Lee Westwood ensured that he took a one shot lead into the final round.
Here are the six highlights from a thrilling Moving Day.

Bryson DeChambeau's monster drive

Traditionalists look away now.
DeChambeau is still ripping up the rule book.
His drive at the par-5 6th hole more or less defines his quest for more length.
For the first time this week, the American opted for a bold line over the lake and he executed in style.
His ball flew 370-yards over water and finished just 70 yards from the pin.
It was pure theatre and he lapped it up, arms aloft, the galleries roaring behind him.
"I felt like a kid again, for sure. It was exciting. Especially when you pull it off, it was almost like winning a tournament," said DeChambeau.
The 27-year-old carded a 4-under-par 68 to lie T2nd with Corey Conners, trailing leader Lee Westwood by one.

Paddy Power have priced DeChambeau at 2/1 to win the tournament.

Jordan Spieth's hole-in-one

Birdie at the 1st, was a good start for Spieth, but it got even better at the par-3 2nd.
His tee shot looked to be leaking just a little right of the green, but a favourable bounce pushed the ball back in the direction of the pin and it dropped for an ace.
"I just wanted one hop, because I just mishit it slightly and a lot of times those are the ones where your perfect shots don't go in, but then sometimes the ones which are unexpected do. That was obviously a really cool moment," said Spieth.
A 4-under-par 68 leaves the American T4th at 9-under.

Spieth is priced at 7/1 on Paddy Power to win his first PGA TOUR event since 2017.

Jazz Janewattananond's ace

Janewattananond's hole-in-one at the 14th was the combination of a caddie call being spot on and his new-found knowledge of the hole.

Torn between a 7-iron or a soft 6-iron, his caddie pushed for the latter and it proved to be an inspired decision then the ball took three bounces and disappeared into the hole.

Last year, the Thai played Bay Hill during lockdown when staying with fellow Asian Tour veteran Daniel Chopra.

He's currently T7th, five shots behind the leader Westwood, and 66/1 to secure his first TOUR victory.

Lee Westwood's emphatic finish

In draining an eagle putt from 32-feet at the par-5 16th and a birdie chance at the 18th from 28-feet, Lee Westwood transformed his position on the leaderboard.
His progress had stalled early on the back nine, but now he heads into Sunday with a one shot advantage over the field.
It was a great end to a rollercoaster round which saw him record only six pars.
"If you hit the fairways on this golf course it gives you some birdie opportunities. It's a golf course that I've always felt comfortable on. I'm seeing the lines well on the greens and rolling the ball well," said Westwood after his round.
The good news is that his 7-under 65 was a career-low on the course, but the bad news is that he's 1-for-5 at converting PGA Tour 54-hole leads.

Paddy Power have priced him at 9/2 to claim a third PGA title.

Jordan Spieth's birdie putts and bunker play

It was not just from the tee that Spieth was finding the bottom of the hole.
Spieth's putter was on song throughout Saturday.
He drained from 19-feet for birdie at the 1st, from 31-feet at the 3rd for par and from 36-feet at the 10th for another par breaker.
He even holed out from a bunker at the 7th.
Two shots back of Westwood, Spieth will try to become the first debutant winner at Bay Hill since Robert Gamez in 1990.

Tyrrell Hatton's not giving up his title so easily

His title defence didn't start well with a 5-over-par 77 in the first round, but Hatton has responded in superb fashion.

After making the cut with a 5-under 67 on Friday, he went one better on Saturday, carding a 66 that leaves him six off the lead with an outside chance of retaining his title.
"I played really good today," said Hatton. "Obviously after round one the goal was to try and make the weekend.
"(Now) just thankful to actually have a chance to go out and give myself a chance at playing well this weekend."

Hatton is 25/1 on Paddy Power to make it back-to-back Arnold Palmer Invitational wins.

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