Its the 11th time in his career and the first one since October, 2010, Tiger Woods now first in the Official World Golf Ranking.
He won the title after winning the Arnold Palmer Invitational at cool and breezy Bay Hill Club & Lodge on Monday for the eighth time, equaling Sam Snead’s record for most PGA Tour wins in the same tournament.
“I don’t really see anybody touching it for a long time,” Palmer said of the record-tying performance.
U.S. Olympic ski champion Lindsey Vonn, Tiger’s girlfriend, was among those longing to congratulate the winner. “Number 1 !!!!!!!!!!!!” she tweeted after his methodical two-stroke victory over Justin Rose.
Meanwhile, Woods was telling reporters about how he feels about his another victory and title. “It was just a byproduct of hard work, patience and getting back to winning golf tournaments,” said Woods.
“If I get healthy, I know I can play this game at a high level,” the golfer said. “I know I can be where I’m contending in every event, contending in major championships and being consistent day in and day out — if I got healthy. That was the first step in the process. Once I got there, then my game turned.”
It marked the 77th win for Tiger on the PGA TOUR, who trails only Snead with 82, reports Tiger Woods. com. It was also his third stroke play third triumph in four starts this season and his sixth in his last 19 events.
Now the top golfer has won eight times at two courses: Bay Hill and Torrey Pines. “I always play well here,” said Tiger, who closed with a 2-under-par 70 and finished at 13-under 275. “It’s as simple as it gets,” he added.
Its the fifth time in seven seasons when the golfer moved to the top of the FedExCup Standings. With his $1,080,000 payday, Tiger passed Brandt Snedeker for No. 1 on the money list.
“It was one of my goals to get back to that position after being out of the top 50 there for a while, being hurt and having all my points come off when I couldn’t play,” Woods said after surging into the lead at Bay Hill during the third round.
“That was not a fun stretch. But I had to get healthy in order to compete, and so far I’ve had five wins on tour. So I’m heading in the right direction.”
Rose, who played the first two rounds with Woods, closed with a 70 to finish alone in second, CBC News reports. He pulled to within two shots of the champion with a birdie on the 16th.
“He plays every shot like he plays them on Sunday,” Rose said. “His intensity is the same on Thursday often as it is on Sunday, and that makes Sunday a lot less different for him.”
He went on, adding: “He plays in that kind of atmosphere far more regularly than a lot of guys do, and it’s an adjustment for most of us. It’s a known for him.”