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Tiger ends drought with Bay Hill win

Tiger Woods is a winner on the PGA Tour again - and back up to sixth in the world with The Masters his next start.

After 30 months without an official Tour victory, Woods easily in the end held off the challenge of Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell to claim his seventh Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill.

The five-stroke victory, achieved on 13 under par with a closing 70, came just two weeks after there were fears for the 14-major winner's career again when he withdrew from the Cadillac Championship in Miami with injury.

McDowell was just one shot back at the start of the day but that became three when he found a plugged lie by the opening green and double-bogeyed.

Woods dropped a shot by three-putting the short next before the fireworks started.

McDowell made a 45-footer from the fringe of the third and then holed from over 50 feet for eagle at the long sixth. He still walked off that green two behind, though, Woods having three birdies in four holes.

That became four in six with a superb approach to two feet on the difficult eighth, then McDowell missed a four-foot par putt to turn in 36 against the 33 of Woods.

The Ulsterman's putter came good again from 23 feet at the 11th, but when he took six on the long next - off much the better drive - he was four behind once more and now with just six holes remaining.

Both bogeyed the short 14th, Woods made a great par save from 12 feet at the 15th and McDowell missed a six-foot birdie chance on the par-five 16th.

When he followed that by three-putting for bogey it was all over unless Woods did what Jeff Overton did earlier by dumping three balls in the water on the last but that was never going to happen.


From Belfast Telegraph