Win No. 66: 2009 Arnold Palmer Invitational

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  VICTORY NO. 66    previous victory - next victory
DATE
03/29/2009
EVENT
Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard
COURSE
Bay Hill Club & Lodge
WINNING SCORE
- 5 (275)
EARNINGS
$ 1,080,000
TIGER'S AGE
33 Years Old

SYNOPSIS
"He's back." You could almost hear those words echo through the shadows as darkness descended on Bay Hill this memorable Sunday. Tiger Woods was playing in just his third tournament since having season-ending reconstructive knee surgery in June 2008. He made this win one for the ages, though, as he rolled in a 16-foot putt on the 72nd hole to beat Sean O'Hair and win the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard for the sixth time in his career. Woods made up a five-stroke deficit in the final round, while O'Hair joined Phil Mickelson (2001) and Bart Bryant (2008) in being beaten by a Woods birdie on Bay Hill's 18th hole. The win, which ended a 286-day absence -- the longest of his career -- from the victory circle, was the 66th of Woods' career and his first since the 2008 U.S. Open playoff with Rocco Mediate. "You can understand sometimes when some of the older players haven't been in contention in a while and they come back and then all of a sudden they put themselves in contention and then they win," Woods said. "You just remember how to do it. It hasn't been that long for me, but you just have that feel of what to do and it's a matter of getting it done."


TOP TEN LEADERBOARD - Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard
Pos Player Rnd 1 Rnd 2 Rnd 3 Rnd 4 Total Strokes To Par
1 Tiger Woods 68 69 71 67 275 -5
2 Sean O'Hair 67 65 71 73 276 -4
3 Zach Johnson 72 69 68 69 278 -2
T4 Pat Perez 70 70 70 69 279 -1
T4 John Senden 70 69 73 67 279 -1
T4 Scott Verplank 70 69 71 69 279 -1
T4 Nick Watney 67 71 73 68 279 -1
T8 Daniel Chopra 68 71 72 69 280 E
T8 Jason Gore 65 70 74 71 280 E
T8 Kenny Perry 70 71 72 67 280 E

ROUND 4 SCORECARD - Bay Hill Club & Lodge
HOLE 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 OUT 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 IN TOTAL
PAR 4 3 4 4 4 5 3 4 4 35 4 4 5 4 3 4 4 3 4 35 70
RND 4 4 2 3 5 4 5 2 4 4 33 4 4 5 4 3 3 4 4 3 34 67


ROUND 3 SCORECARD - Bay Hill Club & Lodge
HOLE 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 OUT 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 IN TOTAL
PAR 4 3 4 4 4 5 3 4 4 35 4 4 5 4 3 4 4 3 4 35 70
RND 3 5 3 4 4 4 6 3 3 4 36 4 4 4 3 3 4 5 3 5 35 71


ROUND 2 SCORECARD - Bay Hill Club & Lodge
HOLE 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 OUT 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 IN TOTAL
PAR 4 3 4 4 4 5 3 4 4 35 4 4 5 4 3 4 4 3 4 35 70
RND 2 5 3 4 4 4 5 3 3 4 35 3 4 4 4 3 4 5 3 4 34 69


ROUND 1 SCORECARD - Bay Hill Club & Lodge
HOLE 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 OUT 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 IN TOTAL
PAR 4 3 4 4 4 5 3 4 4 35 4 4 5 4 3 4 4 3 4 35 70
RND 1 3 3 4 4 4 7 3 4 4 36 4 3 4 3 2 4 4 4 4 32 68


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