A storm with winds over 60 miles per hour halted play at the Arnold Palmer Invitational Sunday. The final pairing of Tiger Woods and Ricky Fowler had finished the 2nd hole when play was suspended.
Play resumed Monday with Woods and Fowler beginning on the 3rd hole. The only weather factor today was light wind.
Tiger had trouble finding fairways, although his putting was good. Ricky never faltered, cutting Tiger’s lead to 2 strokes, until the par 5 sixteenth hole.
Ricky hit a perfect tee shot in the middle of the fairway. Tiger hit his into the fairway bunker, the same place that he did on Friday when his second shot went into the water. He ended up with a bogey 6. Not today.
Tiger’s second shot, from the bunker, went to the middle of the green. Ricky did not fare as well, his went into the water. Hitting 4, his next attempt went into the water. He finally was on the green and ended up with an 8, triple bogey.
They each made par on the par 3 seventeenth.
Tiger’s tee shot on 18 went far right into the large gallery. He was forced to pitch into the fairway. His third shot landed on the par 4 green.
Meanwhile, Justin Rose, the 2 day leader, was playing excellent golf, finishing the tournament at 11 under par.
Woods had a par putt from about 50 feet. It rolled to the lip of the cup, but didn’t fall in. Tiger bogeyed the 18th, but won by two strokes. Ricky made par and ended with a score of 8 under.
Tiger said before today’s round that one of his proudest moments was to shake the hand of golf’s living legends after winning their tournaments. Byron Nelson is no longer with us, but Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer are.
Last year when Tiger won the same tournament, Mr. Palmer had health problems and didn’t see the end of the final day. Today Tiger’s smile was ear to ear and he shook the hand of golf’s “king”.
This was his 8th win at Bay Hill, tying Sam Snead for the most tournaments won on a single course.
He also regained the number one world ranking and leads in the FedEx Cup.
The Masters is in two weeks. Surely Tiger Woods will be the favorite.
Columnist-The Guardian Express