Storm postpones final round of PGA Tour event until Monday | Golf
A thunderstorm postponed the end of the final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Orlando, Fla., until Monday. Tiger Woods, who played two holes Sunday, has a three-stroke lead.
ORLANDO, Fla. — Tiger Woods has to wait at least one more day to try to reclaim the No. 1 ranking in the world.
Moments after Woods made a 10-foot birdie putt on the second hole Sunday, a thunderstorm packing gusts up to 62 mph interrupted the final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational and wiped out play until Monday.
Golf Channel coverage of the PGA Tour event will begin at 7 a.m. PDT. Woods is at 12-under par, three strokes ahead of Keegan Bradley, Ken Duke, John Huh and Rickie Fowler.
Woods had a two-shot lead after three rounds; he is 41-2 on Tour when he has the outright lead entering the final round. He has won seven times on the Bay Hill course. If he wins this tournament, he will replace Rory McIlroy as No. 1 in the world.
The storm dumped nearly 1 ½ inches on Bay Hill and formed small ponds in some fairways — there was a fish in the middle of the 18th fairway. The wind toppled a TV tower behind the 10th green.
Sergio Garcia had a weird day before withdrawing from the tournament. His tee shot on No. 10 came to rest about 15 feet up in an oak tree, with the ball between two large branches.
Garcia used a cart to help get into the tree. After a few minutes, he hit a one-handed, backhanded shot back to the fairway.
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Allen, 54, had an 11-under 205 total in windy conditions and earned $240,000. Langer (70) bogeyed No. 16 and had pars on the last two holes.
Defending champion Fred Couples (74), a Seattle native, tied for 12th place at 4 under. Kirk Triplett (71), a graduate of Pullman High School, tied for 32nd place at 1 under.
• Beatriz Recari of Spain made an 18-foot birdie from the fringe on the second hole of a playoff with I.K. Kim of South Korea to win the Kia Classic, an LPGA Tour event in Carlsbad, Calif.
Recari shot a 2-over 74 to match Kim (71) at 9 under after 72 holes of regulation. Recari, 25, earned $255,000, compared with $156,616 for the 24-year-old Kim.