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March 25 2013

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With this victory: Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods became the 15th straight American golfer to win on the PGA TOUR. (Cannon/Getty Images)

By PGA TOUR staff

With his victory at the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard, Tiger Woods …

Earns his 77th career PGA TOUR victory at the age of 37 years, 2 months and 25 days in his 298th (284th professional) career start on TOUR.

ALL-TIME PGA TOUR VICTORIES:

1) Sam Snead – 82; won 77th (1957 Dallas Open Invitational) at the age of 45 years, 3 months and 19 days

2) Tiger Woods – 77; won 77th (2013 Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard) at age of 37 years, 2 months and 25 days

2013 HIGHLIGHTS

Earns 500 FedExCup points to move to No. 1 the FedExCup standings. Was last No. 1 in FedExCup standings following the 2012 Wyndham Championship.

Earliest Woods has three wins in a season since 2008, when he won his third at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

2013 PGA TOUR tournament summary: Starts: 5; in money: 5; victories: 3; top-10 finishes: 3

Becomes the first player to successfully defend a title since Steve Stricker at the 2011 John Deere Classic.

Is the 15th consecutive American winner on TOUR, dating to Tommy Gainey’s win at the 2012 McGladrey Classic.

ARNOLD PALMER INVITATIONAL NOTES

Ties the PGA TOUR record held by Sam Snead for the most wins at a single event.

Snead at Greater Greensboro Open (1938, 1946, 1949, 1950, 1955, 1956, 1960, 1965)

Woods at Arnold Palmer Invitational (2000-03, 2008-09, 2012, 2013)

With a final-round 69, Woods would have equaled Sam Snead’s 2,181 strokes it took him to win his eight events in Greensboro. Woods’ final-round 70 left just one stroke shy of Snead with a total of 2,182 strokes in his eight API victories.

Has held at least a share of the 54-hole lead in seven of his eight wins at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. In second place in 2009, he trailed Sean O’Hair by five strokes, but won by one over O’Hair.

CAREER NOTES

Claims sixth victory in last 20 starts on TOUR.

Wins in back-to-back starts for the first time since the 2009 Buick Open and WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

Has won three events before the Masters on three other occasions (2000, 2003, 2008). Did not win the Masters in any of those three seasons. Won three majors in 2000, none in 2003 and the U.S. Open in 2008.

Has won 77 out of 284 (27 percent) professional starts on the PGA TOUR.

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