Golf: Wind, rain delay Woods' bid to retake top world ranking

2013-03-25T00:00:00Z Golf: Wind, rain delay Woods' bid to retake top world rankingThe Associated Press The Associated Press
March 25, 2013 12:00 am  • 

ORLANDO, Fla. - Tiger Woods is going to have to wait one more day to try to reclaim the top spot in the world ranking.

Moments after Woods made a 10-foot birdie putt on the second hole, a thunderstorm packing gusts that topped out at 62 mph interrupted the final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational and wiped out play until today.

The storm dumped nearly 1 1/2 inches on Bay Hill and formed small ponds in the fairways - there was even a fish in the middle of the 18th fairway. The wind toppled the TV tower behind the 10th green, which was a pile of metal poles, wood, mesh netting and had a stationary camera in the middle of it all.

About an hour after a tornado warning expired, officials said they would need time to clean up the course and let it drain. The final round was to resume at 10 a.m. today.

Woods is going after his eighth win at Bay Hill, which would return him to No. 1 in the world ranking for the first time since the last week of October in 2010. He hit all of six shots on Sunday, enough to build a three-shot lead over Rickie Fowler, Keegan Bradley, John Huh and Ken Duke.

LPGA Tour

CARLSBAD, Calif. - Beatrtiz Recari made an 18-foot birdie putt from the fringe on the second hole of a playoff with I.K. Kim to win the Kia Classic.

After Recari and Kim three-putted No. 18 both in regulation and on the first playoff hole, Recari ended it for her first victory since her rookie season of 2010.

Champions Tour

SAUCIER, Miss. - Michael Allen rallied to win the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic for his fourth Champions Tour title, shooting a 5-under 67 for a one-stroke victory over Bernhard Langer.

The 54-year-old Allen started the day two shots behind the leaders, but made five birdies on the front nine to vault into the lead, navigating windy conditions at Fallen Oak.

European Tour

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Thailand's Kiradech Aphibarnrat won the rain-shortened Malaysian Open, shooting a 2-under 70 in the third round for a one-stroke victory over Italy's Eduardo Molinari.

Kiradech finished at 11-under 205 at Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club. Molinari had a 67.

The tournament was sanctioned by the European and Asian tours.

Local holes-in-one

George Altman

• March 21, The Highlands at Dove Mountain, No. 7, 130 yards, 7-iron. Witnesses: Jim Black, John Templeton, Bob Sorgatz.

Mike Corrigan

• March 13, Dorado, No. 2, 140 yards, 5-iron. Witnesses: Sharon Corrigan, Larry Kosoff, Darlene Kosoff.

Steve Dawson

• March 20, Omni Tucson National, No. 12, 162 yards, 2-hybrid. Witnesses: George Williams, Mitch Grove.

Bruce Graves

• March 21, del Lago, No. 16, 145 yards, 8-iron. Witnesses: Tom Kerston, Rick Duraco, Pat Phelan.

Leonard Heinz

• March 16, Desert Hills, No. 3, 137 yards, 6-iron. Witnesses: Don Cadora, Dale Mathwich.

David Hill

• March 23, The Gallery, No. 15, 7-iron. Witnesses: Carl Hobbs, Lance Heidinger, Phil Arena.

Ken Lowery

• March 18, Fred Enke, No. 15, 134 yards, 7-iron. Witnesses: Marc Pearlman, Barney Lanning, Pete Weakland.

Yogi Nielsen

• March 22, Crooked Tree, No. 16, 190 yards, 3-wood. Witnesses: Pat Hurd, John Hurd, Mike Rose.

Barbara Rogers

• March 18, The Gallery, No. 16 (South Course), 188 yards, 7-iron. Witnesses: Frieda Gutshall, Kathy Bannon, Meredith Anderson.

James Tarploy

• March 13, El Rio, No. 8, 200 yards, 4-iron. Witness: Matt West.

John Witcher

• March 18, Silverbell, No. 3, 140 yards, 9-iron. Witnesses: Bob Turner, Morris Richardson.

Roy Zimmer

• March 21, La Paloma, No. 4, 158 yards, 5-iron/hybrid. Witnesses: Mike Ramsey, Fred Dusto, John O'Donnell.

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