March 24, 2013
Spectators take cover as storms rip through the final round at Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill.
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Despite playing all of two holes, Tiger Woods manage to put a little more distance between himself and the field on Sunday.
Now, he'll need a rare Monday finish to secure his eighth Arnold Palmer Invitational title.
With brutal, tornado-like weather having pushed the final round to Monday, Tiger will start his day on the par-4 3rd hole at 12 under, three clear of John Huh, Rickie Fowler, Ken Duke and Keegan Bradley.
Play resumed at 10 a.m., with 43 players yet to finish their respective final rounds.
And off we go!
The field for the 2013 Arnold Palmer Invitational has been set, and 28 of the top 40 in the world will visit Bay Hill in Orlando, Fla., next week.
Defending champ Tiger Woods is the headliner at World No. 2, but other top-10 players Brandt Snedeker, Justin Rose and Phil Mickelson will also tee it up.
Here is a look at the marquee names that will look to challenge Woods in his quest for an eighth career title at Bay Hill:
(Official World Golf Ranking)
With a final round 71, Tiger Woods held off Steve Stricker by two strokes and claimed victory Sunday at the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral. He used the following Nike equipment to earn his 76th PGA Tour title:
Driver: Nike VR Tour (8.5 degree) with a Graphite Design DI 6X shaft
Fairway woods: Nike VR Pro Limited Edition (15 degree); Nike VR_S Covert (19 degree) with Mitsubishi Diamana Blue Board 103X shafts
Irons: Nike VR Pro Blades (3-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts
Wedges: Nike VR Pro (56, 60 degree) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts
Putter: Nike Method 001
Ball: Nike One Tour D
According to Nike, Tiger Woods added the VRS Covert 5-wood this week after testing the club at home and on the course at Doral on Wednesday. Woods had been using a Nike SQ II 5-wood (19 degree) since 2007 with the same shaft, a Mitsubishi Diamana Blue Board that can be found in his new club.
On Thursday, Woods said during his post-round press conference, “The 5-wood that I use is the SQ, so it’s, what, three versions ago. This one they made was a little deeper faced, which is very similar to what I had, and something where I could get it out there, which is nice.”
On the performance difference between the old fairway wood and his new Covert, Woods said, “I hit it a little bit further, so there’s a little bit bigger gap between the 3 iron and the 5 wood, but I can hit this 5 wood a little bit higher, so I can actually take something off it and throw it up in the air, which is nice. So even though that gap is a little bigger, I still have the option of being able to spin it up in the air.”
Nike also says that Woods tested some back-up Method putters on the course Wednesday but continued to use the 001 he’s been playing.