The numbers continue to add up for Tiger Woods. On Monday at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, Woods ascended to the No. 1 player in the world for the fourth time.
He won for the eighth time at the same tournament. It equals a record established by Sam Snead, who won the Greater Greensboro Open eight times.
Woods now has 76 PGA Tour victories, also chasing Snead who has 82 official victories. But now the number Woods pursues is 15, as in major championships. He has 14 and Jack Nicklaus has 18 and at The Masters in two weeks, Woods will attempt to get one step closer to the record.
Woods shot a 2-under 70 on Monday to post four rounds at the Bay Hill Club and Lodge in 13-under-par 275, good enough for a two-shot victory over Justin Rose, who led this tournament after two rounds.
The victory was delayed by a day because of a severe line of thunderstorms blew through the Orlando area and included a water spout that dumped more than 1.5 inches of rain in a couple of hours and caused the final round to be postponed.
The delay didn’t hurt Woods at all, as he fended off early pushes from Rickie Fowler and Keegan Bradley and grinded out a round when virtually no one posted anything low. In fact among the first seven players on the leaderboard, only four were under par – including Rose (70), Bradley (71) and Mark Wilson (71).
Fowler got closest to Woods but a late triple-bogey on the par-5 16th dropped him down the leaderboard into a tie for third at 8 under with Wilson, Bradley and Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño.