All of the scuttlebutt surrounding the Arnold Palmer Invitational on Sunday will be about the last twosome on the course, with Woods and McDowell reprising their 2010 Chevron World Challenge confrontation on a grand stage.
Each player, though, was careful to point out that with Ernie Els and Ian Poulter just three shots off the lead and four others within five shots, the final round will hardly turn into a match play type of format.
“No, not at all, because we have got guys right behind us,” said Woods, who leads by one. “Obviously Poults and Ernie played well today, and it's the type of golf course that you can post a good number here. So we need to get off to good starts, and go ahead and just play our games.”
“The golf course is going to be the main competitor tomorrow,” McDowell explained. “We've just got to go and play against it. It's an old cliché: ‘Go and play the course.’ But when the setup is this difficult, you really can't be focused on what anybody else is doing.”