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Tiger Woods back on top of golf with win at Arnold Palmer Invitational

Posted by Scott T. Smith / CBS12 News
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Tiger Woods is back to No. 1 in the world with a game that looks as good as ever.

Woods tied a PGA Tour record Monday by winning the Arnold Palmer Invitational for the eighth time, and this one had some extra significance. It returned him to the top of the world ranking for the first time since the final week of October 2010, the longest spell of his career.

Woods, who lives on Jupiter Island in South Florida, never let anyone closer than two shots in the final round at Bay Hill that was delayed one day by storms. With a conservative bogey he could afford on the last hole, he closed with a 2-under 70 for a two-shot win over Justin Rose.

Next up is the Masters, where Woods will try to end his five-year drought in the majors.

Woods fell as low as No. 58 in the world as he coped with a crisis in his personal life and injuries to his left leg. One week after he announced he was dating Olympic ski champion Lindsey Vonn, Woods celebrated his third win of the season, and his sixth going back to Bay Hill a year ago.

"It's a byproduct of hard work, patience and getting back to winning golf tournaments," Woods said.

Vonn tweeted moments after his win, "Number 1 !!!!!!!!!!!!!"

Like so many other wins, this one was never really close.

Rickie Fowler pulled to within two shots with a 25-foot birdie putt on the 14th hole, but after he and Woods made bogey on the 15th, Fowler went at the flag on the par-5 16th and came up a few yards short and into the water. Fowler put another ball into the water and made triple bogey.

Woods played it safe on the 18th, and nearly holed a 75-foot par putt that even drew a big smile from the tournament host. He walked off the green waving his putter over his head to acknowledge the fans who had seen this act before.

Woods tied the tour record of eight wins in a single tournament. Sam Snead won the Greater Greensboro Open eight times from 1938 to 1965 at two golf courses. Woods tied his record for most wins at a single golf course, having also won eight times at Torrey Pines, including a U.S. Open.

"I don't really see anybody touching it for a long time," Palmer said as Woods was making his way up the 18th fairway. "I had the opportunity to win a tournament five times, and I knew how difficult that was."

Rose, who played the first two rounds with Woods, closed with a 70 to finish alone in second.

Fowler had to settle for a 73 and a tie for third with Mark Wilson (71), Keegan Bradley (71) and Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano (72).

Already with three wins this year, Woods is closing in on another Snead record - 82 career wins. Woods won for the 77th time on tour.

Rory McIlroy had been No. 1 since he won the PGA Championship last August. He is playing this week at the Houston Open.

© 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tiger Woods back on top of golf with win at Arnold Palmer Invitational

Monday, March 25 2013, 02:24 PM EDT

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NBA PLAYOFFS

UNDATED (AP) -- Today's NBA playoff schedule opened with victories for the two-time defending champions and the top overall seed, although neither team dominated their game.

LeBron James scored 27 points and the Miami Heat continued their bid for a three-peat by topping Charlotte 99-88 in the opener of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series. Dwyane (dwayn) Wade had 23 points for the Heat, who trailed in the third quarter and led by just five before putting together an 18-4 run in the final period.

Kemba Walker scored 20 points for the Bobcats, who will play Game 2 in Miami on Wednesday.

In San Antonio, the Spurs trailed by 10 in the fourth quarter of their playoff opener before scoring the next 15 points in a 90-85 triumph over Dallas. Tim Duncan finished with 27 points and the Spurs held the Mavericks to just one field goal in the final seven minutes.

Tony Parker had 21 points and Manu Ginobili (MAN'-oo jih-NOH'-blee) added 17 in the Spurs' 10th straight win over the Mavericks.

Devin Harris had a team-high 10 points for the Mavericks.

Game 2 is Wednesday in San Antonio.

This evening, the Chicago Bulls are home against Washington, which is making its first playoff appearance since 2008. The visiting Wizards took two of three from the Bulls in the regular season, winning both times in Chicago.

Later on tonight, the Houston Rockets host Portland. All-star guard James Harden of the Rockets averaged 30.3 points a game against the Trail Blazers in four games this season.

NHL PLAYOFFS-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) -- The Boston Bruins and Philadelphia Flyers were able to even their respective Stanley Cup first-round series at a game apiece.

Justin Florek and Reilly Smith scored 3:07 apart to give the Bruins a 2-0 lead midway through the third period of a 4-1 victory over Detroit. Jerome Iginla (ih-GIHN'-luh) and Torey Krug (kroog) each assisted on goals by Milan Lucic (LOO'-cheech) and Zdeno Chara (zuh-DAY'-noh CHAH'-rah) to help Boston bounce back from Friday's surprising 1-0 home loss to the Red Wings in Game 1.

The series shifts to Detroit for Game 3 on Tuesday.

The Flyers spotted the Rangers an early 2-0 lead before posting a 4-2 victory that takes away home-ice advantage from New York. Jason Akeson and Luke Schenn scored 5 1/2 minutes apart in the second period to put the Flyers ahead to stay. Ray Emery turned back 31 shots and blanked the Blueshirts after Benoit Pouliot (BEHN'-wah POO'-lee-aht) tallied on a power play 8:22 into the game.

Philadelphia hosts Game 3 on Tuesday.

Also today, the Montreal Canadiens are trying to take a 3-0 series lead as they host Tampa Bay. The final game has the Los Angeles Kings visiting San Jose, which took the opener 6-3 Thursday night.

MLB-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) -- The Milwaukee Brewers needed five extra innings to pick up their third straight win and improve to a major league-best 14-5.

Khris Davis homered in the 14th inning to give the Brewers a 3-2 victory over Pittsburgh. The Pirates were two outs from a 2-1 victory until Ryan Braun homered off closer Jason Grilli.

The game also featured a benches-clearing melee that began after Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez admired his long drive that almost cleared the fence in the third inning. Pitcher Gerrit Cole took exception and exchanged words with Gomez, who slid into third with a triple before approaching Cole. Milwaukee's Martin Maldonado came from the bench and threw a punch that knocked the hat off Pirates outfielder Travis Snider.

Gomez, Snider and Brewers bench coach Jerry Narron were ejected.

Meanwhile, the National League's second-best team also played 14 innings before falling to 12-6. The New York Mets avoided a three-game sweep by beating Atlanta 4-3 on Curtis Granderson's sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 14th. David Wright went 4-for-6 with an RBI and a run scored as the Mets dealt the Braves just their second loss in nine games.

In other Easter Sunday baseball:

-- Yasiel Puig (YAH'-see-ul pweeg) hit a three-run homer and threw out a runner at second base to lead the Los Angeles Dodgers past Arizona 4-1. Dodgers starter Josh Beckett settled for a no-decision after pitching five innings of one-hit ball, striking out seven and walking two.

-- San Francisco ended a three-game losing streak as Buster Posey belted a two-run homer and Tim Lincecum (LIHN'-she-kuhm) pitched into the seventh inning of the Giants' 4-3 win at San Diego. The Padres lost despite allowing just three hits and retiring 23 of the final 24 Giants batters.

-- Adeiny Hechavarria (etch-eh-vahr-EE'-ah) hit a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the eighth inning after an instant replay went in Miami's favor and the Marlins beat the Seattle Mariners 3-2 to complete a three-game sweep.

-- The Washington Nationals rallied from a 2-0 deficit to beat St. Louis 3-2 and gain a weekend split in that four-game series. Denard Span's bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the ninth drove in the winning run.

-- Homer Bailey struck out eight while tossing six shutout innings as Cincinnati pounded the Chicago Cubs 8-2 in the rubber match of the three-game series. Zack Cozart and Jay Bruce homered in the seventh inning, and Bailey added an RBI single in his first win of the year.

-- Josh Donaldson homered and doubled twice as Oakland beat Houston 4-1 to complete a series sweep. Jesse Chavez allowed a run and four hits in six innings to pitch the Athletics to their 11th victory in 13 games.

-- Ian Kinsler drew a first-inning walk and came around to score while the Los Angeles Angels were making three errors on the same play in a 2-1 loss to the Tigers in Detroit. Rick Porcello allowed a run and five hits in seven innings to get the win.

-- Cleveland avoided a three-game split by beating Toronto 6-4. David Murphy's three-run double in the sixth was the big hit for the Tribe.

-- The New York Yankees scored four times in the 12th to beat Tampa Bay 5-1. Dean Anna put the Yanks ahead by drawing a bases-loaded walk with two out and Carlos Beltran followed with a two-run single before Alfonso Soriano added an RBI single.

-- Phil Hughes ended a personal eight-game losing streak that dated to last July, pitching into the seventh inning and helping the Minnesota Twins top the Kansas City Royals 8-3 to avoid a three-game sweep.

-- Jose Abreu (ah-BRAY'-oo) and Jordan Danks each had two-run homers and the Chicago White Sox ended a four-game skid by drubbing the Rangers 16-2 in Texas. Erik Johnson combined with three relievers on a two-hitter.

MLB-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) -- New York Yankees right-hander Ivan (ee-VAHN') Nova has a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow and was placed on the 15-day disabled list. The Yankees also reinstated first baseman Mark Teixeira (teh-SHEHR'-uh) from the 15-day disabled list.

In other baseball news:

-- Three weeks into the season, the New York Mets are trying their third closer. Mets manager Terry Collins says he is promoting setup man Kyle Farnsworth to the ninth-inning role in place of struggling right-hander Jose Valverde (val-VAYR'-day), who has given up four home runs in his last three outings.

---- L.A. Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw threw a simulated game on Sunday and reported no discomfort after topping out at 90 mph. Kershaw, who is on the disabled list for the first time in his seven-year career, threw a combined total of 50 pitches from the windup and from the stretch.

-- The Twins have claimed outfielder Sam Fuld off waivers from Oakland and designated outfielder Darin Mastroianni for assignment.

PGA-RBC HERITAGE

HILTON HEAD, S.C. (AP) -- Matt Kuchar (KOO'-char) overcame a four-stroke deficit to finally finish on top, when his stunning chip-in on the 18th hole gave him a 64 and a victory at the RBC Heritage.

Kuchar was four shots behind Luke Donald at the start but made that up with seven birdies on his first 10 holes. John Huh and Ben Martin tied for third.

CHAMPIONS TOUR

DULUTH, Ga. (AP) -- Miguel Angel Jimenez is a winner in his first start on the Champions Tour, finishing two shots ahead of Bernhard Langer at the Greater Gwinnett Championship. Jimenez closed with a 67 for a 14-under total, becoming the third player to lead from start to finish in his debut on the 50-and-over tour.

The win comes a week after he finished fourth in the Masters.

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