5 Things: Tiger moves to No. 6 in OWGR
Monday, March 26, 2012
Arnold Palmer Invitational: Round 4
Check out images from the final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill.
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Five things you need to know from the final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational:
1.) WELCOME BACK: Tiger Woods is a winner on the PGA Tour for the first time in 30 months after holding it together on a difficult day at Bay Hill. The former World No. 1 shot a 2-under 70 on Sunday to win by five shots at 13-under 275. It was his seventh career title at Arnie’s Place.
“I’ve been close for a number of tournaments now,” Woods said, “and it was just a matter of staying the course and staying patient, keep working on fine-tuning what we’re doing -- and here we are.”
Woods moved from No. 18 to No. 6 in the Official World Golf Ranking, his highest position since May 2011.
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2.) ARNIE UPDATE: Arnold Palmer wasn’t around to congratulate Tiger Woods on the 18th green Sunday after being taken to the hospital because of high blood pressure.
Alastair Johnson, Palmer’s business manager, said Sunday night that the 82-year-old’s spike in blood pressure likely was caused by new medications. Johnson said, “I think the blood pressure situation is starting to ameliorate and improving. And although is overly concerned about the prognosis, he is going to remain in the hospital overnight for observation.”
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3.) MISSED OPPORTUNITY: Ernie Els will have to win next week’s Shell Houston Open if he wants to extend his streak of consecutive starts made at the Masters to 19.
Els needed to finish solo third or better at Bay Hill to move into the top 50 in the OWGR, which exempts him for the first major of the year. Els, who also had a chance to win last week at the Transitions Championship, shot a final-round 75 Sunday and tied for fourth.
“Obviously you go into a week, a fourth place, you’d probably take it,” said Els, who has played every Masters since 1994. “But it was a bit bittersweet there again.”
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4.) NO MAGIC FOR G-MAC: The last time Graeme McDowell was in a final pairing with Tiger Woods, he overcame a four-shot deficit to win the 2010 Chevron World Challenge in a playoff. The Northern Irishman couldn’t muster any similar theatrics this time, double-bogeying the opening hole on his way to a 74. He finished solo second.
“It was such a hard day today,” said McDowell, who finished at 8-under 280, five shots behind Woods. “I just didn’t control my ball flight well enough.”
McDowell made a brief run at Woods by eagling the par-5 sixth, but also three-putted the ninth and made three other bogeys on his inward nine to fall off the pace.
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5.) SHORT SHOTS: Ian Poulter, who finished solo third, recorded his best finish on the PGA Tour since a T-13 at the WGC-HSBC Champions. His third-round 68 was his best round of the year. ... Six of Woods’ seven victories at Bay Hill have come after holding at least a share of the 54-hole lead. ... Bud Cauley’s T-4 at Bay Hill was the third top-10 finish of his career. ... Ryan Moore and Brian Davis, who each tied for fourth, earned their first top 10 of the season. ... Davis Love III withdrew prior to the start of the fourth round with a shoulder/back injury.