Kisner, Hoffman share lead

Pulling out all the stops just like Arnold Palmer would.

Kisner finished his third round at 11 under, three shots clear of the competition. And thanks to a tough-luck 2015 which saw him lose three playoffs, he knows what it takes to get it done against those big names.

"What I've learned is these guys are not afraid and they're going to make a lot of birdies and there's no protecting leads".

However, the four-time Major victor hit two birdies on the front nine and then five more after the turn, including three on successive holes from the 10th, to finish in the clubhouse at six under, a climb of some 39 places.

Charley Hoffman and Kevin Kisner are tied for the lead through three rounds of the PGA's Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill.

Wednesday began the celebration of the King this year when the tournament held its first opening ceremony.

Hoffman read a big left-to-right break perfectly, his ball curling into the center of the cup on the same green at Bay Hill in Orlando where Tiger Woods holed so many clutch putts to clinch his eight victories in the event.

Perhaps that is understandable, as this tournament marks only the third event of the year for the four-time Major champion. Coming down the stretch I'm probably not going to think about that too much. But if I happen to, it would definitely be a special one to put on the mantle. He birdied the 11th, dropped a 32-foot birdie putt at 13, added another birdie at 16 and birdied 18 for the second day in a row, hitting a 10-foot putt to end his round.

Rickie Fowler also matched the Northern Irishman's 65 to recover from two over and leave himself in the mix at five under, which lifted the 28-year-old up 49 places.

Rory McIlroy climbed into a tie for eighth at 210 after firing a sizzling 65 that included birdies on the final two holes. My irons weren't quite where I would have liked, didn't give myself enough close birdie opportunities. "It's a score I was waiting on. I just have to piece it all together; once I do that I'll be fine", said Day. Hatton, 25, has been making waves on both the European and PGA Tours over the last 15 months. His tournament was one of the many incredible legacies he left behind, and many anxious that after Palmer was gone this event would lose some luster.

Despite the blond locks and laid-back attitude that make him look more surfer than golfer, the San Diego native is widely regarded as having one of the best long games on tour. "I can take a lot from today".

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