Tiger Woods Wins at Bay Hill, Returns to No. 1

12:55 PM, Mar 25, 2013   |    comments
Tiger Woods plays a shot on the 5th hole during the final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational. (Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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Steve DiMeglio, USA TODAY Sports

ORLANDO - He's back - atop the world golf rankings.

Tiger Woods, who has spent 623 weeks at No. 1 in the world, will return to the top spot for the first time in 29 months after his victory Monday in the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill.

Woods held off Rickie Fowler and Justin Rose in the continuation of the final round, which was halted Sunday when wind, rain and lightning forced a suspension of play. Woods and Fowler had played two holes Sunday, and Woods led by three shots when they teed off at No. 3 on Monday.

Fowler kept the pressure on on the back nine, until he knocked two balls in the water on the par-5 16h on his way to a triple bogey.

Woods, not as sharp as he had been in the first three rounds, finished with a final-round 2-under 70, 13 under par, two shots better than Rose.

"Byproduct of hard work, patience, and getting back to winning golf tournaments," Woods said about his return to the top of the rankings.

Here are some of the numbers that come along with Woods' victory:

77 ... PGA Tour wins, five behind all-time leader Sam Snead.

42-2 ... His record when he has the lead entering the final round.

8 ... Titles at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, equaling Snead for the most titles ever at a single tournament.

3 ... Victories in 2013.

1 ... His world ranking, the first time he will be at the top since Oct. 30, 2010.

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