Tiger returns to No. 1 for first time since 2010
Monday, March 25, 2013
Tiger Woods' Arnold Palmer Invitational victory was his 77th on the PGA Tour, and his eighth at Bay Hill. The win also returned him to No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking for the first time since Oct. 30, 2010. Woods' previous stay at No. 1 lasted 281 weeks, from June 12, 2005, to Oct. 30, 2010.
Justin Rose, who finished two shots behind Woods, moved to a career-high third in the OWGR behind Woods and Rory McIlroy. McIlroy was No. 1 for the previous 29 weeks before being passed by Woods on Monday.
Keegan Bradley, who tied for third at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, jumped four spots to a career-high 10th in the rankings.
Geoff Ogilvy, who missed the cut at Bay Hill, remained No. 50 in the world ranking. The top 50 after this week's Shell Houston Open earn invitations to the Masters. Henrik Stenson, who’s also seeking a Masters invitation, moved from No. 58 to No. 53 in the OWGR after finishing T-8 at Bay Hill. PGA Tour rookie Luke Guthrie had an opportunity to move inside the top 50 after shooting 4-under 140 over the first 36 holes at Bay Hill; he shot 73-76 on the weekend, though, to drop to T-40. He’s 58th in the OWGR. Augusta native Charles Howell III remained 57th in the OWGR. He finished 45th at Bay Hill after shooting 73-75 in the final two rounds.
Here's a look at players near the top 50 who are still seeking Masters invitations:
ON THE MASTERS BUBBLE (listed in order of Official World Golf Ranking)
• 46. Fredrik Jacobson*
• 48. Richard Sterne
• 50. Geoff Ogilvy*
• 53. Henrik Stenson*
• 54. Alexander Noren
• 57. Charles Howell III*
• 58. Luke Guthrie*
• 59. Thongchai Jaidee+
– in Shell Houston Open field
– in Chiangmai Golf Classic field