Tiger Woods wins Arnold Palmer Invitational / regains No. 1 World Ranking.

Tiger Woods wins the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill and regains his No. 1 World Ranking.

Neither Tiger’s competitors nor a thunderstorm could keep him from his third win of the 2013 PGA Tour season.  In a fourth round pushed to Monday by inclement weather, Woods held off Rickie Fowler and Justin Rose down the stretch to win the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill.  With a conservative bogey he could afford on the last hole, he closed with a 2-under 70 for a two-shot win over Justin Rose.  Woods finished at 13-under for the tournament.

“I play well here.  It’s as simple as it gets,” Woods said after putting the finishing touches on his eighth career Arnold Palmer Invitational win at Bay Hill.

Like so many other wins, this one was never really close.  The triumph is Woods’ second in a row, his third in 2013 and his 77th career PGA win.  It also returns him to the top of the world ranking for the first time since October 2010.

Woods tied the tour record of eight wins in a single tournament.  Sam Snead won the Greater Greensboro Open eight times from 1938 to 1965 at two golf courses.  Woods also tied his record for most wins at a single golf course, having won eight times at Torrey Pines, including a U.S. Open.

“I don’t really see anybody touching it for a long time,” Arnold Palmer said as Woods was making his way up the 18th fairway.  “I had the opportunity to win a tournament five times, and I knew how difficult that was.”

Now ranked No. 1 in the world, Woods will arrive at The Masters chasing another record that is on the minds of many fans.  Woods’ longstanding chase of Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 career major wins.  Woods won his 14th career major at the U.S. Open in 2008 but has not added to his tally since.

“I still think he can do it,” Nicklaus said at the Honda Classic earlier this year.  “But that said, he has still got to do it.  He hasn’t won one in five years.  He had better get with it if he’s going to.”

Stay tuned.  Woods is back.

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