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Monday 23 October 2017

Tiger's on course for return to top spot with victory at Arnold Palmer

Tiger Woods of the U.S. reacts after his birdie on the sixth green during completion of the rain-delayed final round in the Arnold Palmer Invitational PGA golf tournament in Orlando
Tiger Woods of the U.S. reacts after his birdie on the sixth green during completion of the rain-delayed final round in the Arnold Palmer Invitational PGA golf tournament in Orlando

Tiger Woods remains on course to reclaim his place at the top of the world rankings after maintaining his three-stroke lead in the held over final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill.

Play was abandoned yesterday as a result of a heavy storm in Orlando, with Woods managing just two holes in which he extended his lead from two shots to three.

 

But the delay has not deterred the American, who will leap above Rory McIlroy to the top of the standings for the first time since the end of October 2010, as a front nine 34 saw him stay three clear of the chasing pack.

 

He passed up the chance to open up his lead on his first hole - the third - after missing a tricky birdie putt.

 

The 37-year-old would move to 13 under overall after holing from 12 feet for his third birdie of the week at the fourth moments after Keegan Bradley had briefly reduced his lead to two shots on the same hole.

 

Woods was in trouble after finding sand on the sixth but a superb up and down allowed him a simple putt to pick up another shot although he dropped back at the eighth after missing a par putt from 15 feet.

 

He teed off loosely at the ninth, but managed to recover and remain on 13 under overall.

 

Playing partner Rickie Fowler is three strokes behind after picking up his only birdie at the ninth, while England's Justin Rose is among four players in joint third on nine under, with American duo Bradley one stroke further behind.

 

Fowler reduced the gap to two strokes with a long putt at the 12th, but Woods showed his resolve by holing from a similar distance to stay three clear.

 

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