Palmer Implores Tiger To Low Round...

...probably knowing that with greens that bad, the only way Tiger's only coming back if he's defending.

Steve Elling reports after Saturday's third round at Bay Hill:

Palmer, who sauntered over to Phil Mickelson on the putting range and later visited Woods on the practice range, was a fount of goodwill, and coincidentally or not, the world's No. 1 seemingly took it to heart.

"He came out and watched me hit a few shots," Woods said. "He liked what I was doing with my swing and said, 'Just keep going, you're headed down the right path. Just go shoot a low one today.'"

Yes, your majesty.

Besides, what's not for Palmer to like? The king and the crowned prince have been inextricably tied for a few weeks now, ever since Woods moved past Palmer on the PGA Tour's all-time victory list, moving one peg ahead with his win last month at the Accenture Match Play Championship. It was Woods' 63rd win and he's only 32 years old.

"The way he's playing, he could double that," Palmer said Saturday.