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Mar 25, 2013

Woods wins at Bay Hill, reclaims world No. 1 ranking

ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) – Not even a ferocious storm that pushed the Arnold Palmer Invitational to a Monday finish could stop Tiger Woods from winning an eighth Bay Hill title and reclaiming the world number one ranking.

Looking like his old imposing self, Woods completed a final-round two-under 70 for a two-shot victory over Briton Justin Rose to collect his 77th career PGA Tour win and begin his 11th reign as world number one.

Mar 24, 2013

Woods bid for world number one delayed until Monday

ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) – Tiger Woods’s bid to regain the world number one ranking will have to wait a day after violent thunderstorms hit the Bay Hill Club, halting the final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational on Sunday.

After assessing damage done by the powerful storm the PGA Tour announced the final round would resume on Monday at 10 a.m. EDT.

Mar 23, 2013

Golf-Woods takes charge to close in on eighth Bay Hill win

ORLANDO, Florida, March 23 (Reuters) – Looking like his old imposing self, Tiger Woods surged into the third round lead at the Arnold Palmer Invitational on Saturday, setting his sights on an eighth Bay Hill title and retaking the number one ranking.

Four back of overnight leaders Justin Rose and Bill Haas when the day began, Woods walked off the course to wild cheers and in full command after returning a brilliant six-under 66 for with a two-shot lead over the fifth ranked Rose and American compatriots John Huh and Rickie Fowler.

Mar 23, 2013

Rose leads but Woods on charge at Bay Hill

ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) – Briton Justin Rose pushed his way into a two-shot lead midway through the third round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational on Saturday while Tiger Woods surged into contention for an eighth Bay Hill title.

Bill Haas and Rose, who shared a one-shot overnight lead, were quick out of the blocks, both collecting birdies on two of their three opening holes.

Mar 22, 2013

Haas and Rose share Bay Hill lead, Woods slips

ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) – Bill Haas and Justin Rose shared the second-round lead at the Arnold Palmer Invitational on Friday while Tiger Woods’s bid for an eighth Bay Hill triumph took a hit when he bogeyed the final three holes.

Among the first onto the course, Haas set the early target with a bogey-free six-under 66 that no one could match, sending the American to the top the leaderboard where he was joined much later in the day by the British world number five.

Mar 22, 2013

Golf-Game’s future tied to Olympics, says Palmer

ORLANDO, Florida, March 22 (Reuters) – Already a global sport, golf’s future lies in the growth of the international game and a return to the Olympics, seven-times major winner Arnold Palmer said on Friday.

After 112 years, golf will return to the Olympic program at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Games, making it the sport’s most significant event after the four major championships.

Mar 21, 2013

Golf-Rose outshines Woods to grab lead at Bay Hill

ORLANDO, Florida, March 21 (Reuters) – Briton Justin Rose returned a seven-under 65 to grab the first-round lead at the Arnold Palmer Invitational on Thursday, while Tiger Woods got his bid for an eighth Bay Hill title off to a solid start.

Helped by a red-hot putter, Rose outshone playing partners Woods and South African Ernie Els by mixing an eagle and six birdies with a single bogey on a sunny but chilly and blustery day at “Arnie’s place.”

Mar 21, 2013

No place like home as Rose grabs lead at Bay Hill

ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) – With seven wins, Tiger Woods may own the Arnold Palmer Invitational and Bay Hill may be “Arnie’s Place” but this is Justin Rose’s home and the Briton showed as much by grabbing the first round lead on Thursday.

Rose, who makes his U.S. residence in Orlando and lives a few minutes away from Bay Hill, looked as comfortable as if he was entertaining guests in his own living room, outshining his illustrious playing partners Woods and South African Ernie Els.

Mar 21, 2013

Rose outshines Woods to take early lead at Bay Hill

ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) – Briton Justin Rose returned a seven-under 65 to grab the first-round clubhouse lead at the Arnold Palmer Invitational on Thursday, while Tiger Woods got his bid for an eighth Bay Hill title off to a solid start.

Rose outshone playing partners Woods and South African Ernie Els by mixing an eagle and six birdies with a single bogey on a sunny but chilly and blustery day at “Arnie’s place.”

Mar 20, 2013

Palmer resists strong arm tactics on McIlroy

ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) – Rory McIlroy’s decision to skip the Arnold Palmer Invitational surprised the tournament host, who expressed his disappointment on Wednesday that the world number one was not at Bay Hill this week.

The 83-year-old Palmer said he had jokingly suggested he might break McIlroy’s arm if he did not show up but did not try to force the young Northern Irishman into making an appearance.