Woods Returns to No. 1 With Win at Bay Hill
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Woods joked around with Arnold Palmer after winning Palmer’s tournament for the eighth time.
Gilded to gilded, gold dust to gold dust, Woods completed his return to golf’s zenith, not far from where he plunged from grace, with a victory Monday at the weather-delayed Arnold Palmer Invitational. Completing the final 16 holes of his fourth round, Woods carded a two-under 70 to win by two strokes and overtake the world No. 1, Rory McIlroy, who skipped the event but will return to action this week in Houston.
“What can you say?” said Palmer, 83, who collected 62 PGA Tour titles, 15 fewer than Woods. “Unbelievable performance for him. He’s been playing good all his life and he showed it again today.”
Woods finished at 13-under 275 for his first back-to-back wins since 2009. His nearest challenger was the Englishman Justin Rose (70), who shares his swing coach, Sean Foley, with Woods. Rickie Fowler, who was paired with Woods in the final group, was within two strokes after 15 holes but made a triple-bogey 8 at 16 on his way to a 73. He finished in a four-way tie for third at eight under with Keegan Bradley (71), Mark Wilson (71) and the Spaniard Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano (72).
Tiger Woods: A career in numbers
After Tiger Woods secured victory at the weather-delayed Arnold Palmer Invitational on Monday and returned to the top of the world golf rankings, we take a look at his career in numbers.
The 37-year-old American returned to the top of the standings for the first time since October 2010 after he won the event for the eighth time.
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99 – Professional wins
77 – US PGA Tour wins
39 – European Tour victories
14 – Major titles
4 – Masters triumphs
3 – US Open crowns
3 – Open Championship victories
4 – PGA Championship wins
2008 – The year of Woods’s last Major victory, in the US Open at Torrey Pines.
30 – The number of months in Woods’s extended drought on the US Tour before he finally won one of his favourite tournaments at Bay Hill.
29 – The number of months since Tiger was last at the top of the world rankings.
623 – The record number of weeks that Woods has already spent as the world number one.
281 – The number of consecutive weeks Woods spent at number one, from June 12, 2005 to October 24, 2010 – also a record.
58 – The career-low ranking Woods dropped to in November following injury and highly-publicised marriage problems.