In the Arnold Palmer Invitational golf tournament played at Bay Hill Golf and Country Club, Tiger Woods won for the eighth time to emulate Sam Snead, a member of Golf Hall of Fame, by winning an event most number of times. With the victory at the event, Tiger Woods returned to the top of golf rankings, surpassing Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland. It is for the first time since 2010, a gap of 29 months that Woods regained the number 1 spot.
Due to bad weather as a result of storm, the final round of the tournament was shifted to Monday. Woods finished the final round 2 under par and had 2 shots lead over Justin Rose who was the runner up. Woods had three bogeys and five birdies in the final round. It was Woods 77th title of his illustrious career. Overall, he has 99 professional wins and has already remained atop the rankings for a record 623 weeks including 281 weeks consecutively at the number 1 spot.
With the first major of the year approaching, Woods is peaking at the right time as he has already won three titles this year. He has won 14 major titles and is four shy of tying Jack Nicklaus all time record of 18 major wins.