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Tiger back on top of the world

Tiger Woods, back at No.1. Credit: Chase McAlpine

Tiger Woods, back at No.1. Credit: Chase McAlpine

Tiger Woods has this morning regained the world number one ranking, holding off a host of big names in Florida to claim his third PGA Tour scalp of the season.

Woods fired a final round 70 to finish two shots clear of Justin Rose, and claim his eighth career Arnold Palmer Invitational victory at Bay Hill Club and Lodge.

“I’ve done well here,” he said.

“It’s one of those golf courses that just fits my eye.”

Woods played in the final pairing on Monday with Rickie Fowler, who was in contention coming down the stretch.

But when two successive approaches found the water short of the 16th green, Fowler dropped back, before eventually finishing in a tie for third.

The win marks Woods’ second victory in as many weeks, and his sixth victory from his past 20 starts.

Of the 56 times he has held the 54-hole-lead in a tournament, Woods has converted 52 of those leads into victories.

He now surpasses Rory McIlroy in the Official World Golf Rankings, and moves one closer to Sam Snead’s record of 82 career wins on the PGA Tour.

Woods now 77  PGA Tour victories to his name.

Reclaiming the number one ranking is something Woods has had his sights set on ever since relinquishing that tag and it’s safe to say he’s proud to be back to where he believes he belongs.

“I’m very proud of how I’ve come back and worked my way back to the position I’m at.

“I was away from it [golf] for a while and I worked my tail off to get back.

“It means everything,” he said.

With the U.S Masters coming up April, Woods is in the ideal position to make a legitimate assault at his first major championship win since the 2008 U.S Open.

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