Tiger Woods wins Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill to knock Rory McIlroy off top

Tiger Woods returned to world No 1 for the first time since October 2010 after winning the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Florida.

The 14-time major champion reclaimed his place at the summit by carding a closing 70 in Orlando, his two-under par round securing a two-shot triumph over Justin Rose, a third win of 2013 and an amazing eighth victory at Bay Hill.

His bid to knock Rory McIlroy off top spot had been held up on Sunday after a fierce storm caused play to be abandoned for the day with Woods three shots clear having played just two holes of his final round.

On Monday's resumption, Woods was quickly into his stride and birdies at the two front nine par fives - the fourth and sixth - extended his lead to four shots.

A poor drive at the eighth led to a bogey but Tiger still had daylight over the field as he reached the turn still three in front of playing partner Rickie Fowler.

The youngster cut the gap to two by holing a 37 footer for birdie at the 12th but, in trademark Tiger fashion, Woods responded to the challenge just moments later by sinking a 25 footer of his own to restore his three-shot lead.

Fowler, who shot an 84 the last time he was paired with Woods in the final round, kept battling and nailed a 22 footer for birdie at 14 to keep the pressure on.

Source : Sky Sports

posted at 26 Mar 2013 01:10:32



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