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Tiger Woods has returned to number one in the world after winning the Arnold Palmer Invitational by two shots.
Woods finished on 13 under par, two ahead of nearest challenger Justin Rose, to win the tournament for the eighth time. The victory was his third of 2013 on the PGA Tour and propelled him to the top of the rankings for the first time since October 2010.
The final round of the event had been postponed from Sunday due to bad weather but the American held his nerve to go round in 70. He resumed with a three-shot lead and added three more birdies and dropped three shots.
His playing partner Rickie Fowler added to the excitement with three birdies in six holes, moving to within two shots of Woods with four holes remaining, but his challenge fell apart with a triple-bogey eight at the 16th.
Fowler finished tied on third at eight under with Mark Wilson, Keegan Bradley and Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano. Rose, who had been top of the leaderboard on the first two rounds, started play four shots adrift but claimed second place after sinking four birdies.
“I play well here, it’s as simple as it gets,” said Woods after the win. “I’m very pleased with the way I’m playing.”
Woods is now 3/1 to win the US Masters, while Rory McIlroy, knocked off top spot by the American, is 9/1. Rose can be backed at 18/1.
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