March 4 2013
Not that it will come as a surprise to anyone but Tiger Woods has made it official: The defending and seven-time champion will play in the Arnold Palmer Invitational Presented by MasterCard March 18-24.
Woods ended a three-year victory drought on the PGA TOUR last year at Bay Hill as he beat Graeme McDowell by five strokes and extended his record win total to seven titles.
If Woods were to add one more victory at Bay Hill, he would tie Sam Snead with the most wins in a PGA TOUR event. Snead won the Greensboro tournament, now called the Wyndham Championship, eight times from 1938 to 1965.
Last year’s victory at Bay Hill marked Woods’s 72nd PGA TOUR title, and he has since added three more -- including the Farmers Insurance Open earlier this year -- as he moved past Jack Nicklaus into second place on the all-time victory list behind only Snead’s 82 wins.
Only two players have ever successfully defended a title in the previous 34 years at Bay Hill. Loren Roberts won back-to-back in 1994-95, while Woods won four in a row from 2000-03 and pulled off consecutive wins in 2008-09.