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Tiger Woods rolled in a 25-foot birdie putt at the 72nd hole to beat Bart Bryant by one shot and secure his fifth consecutive Bay Hill win and his fifth win in a row overall. As the downhill, left-to-right breaker disappeared into the cup, Woods slammed his hat down on the green, pumped both fists and high-fived caddie Steve Williams. Most important to history, it was Woods’ 64th PGA Tour win, pulling him into a tie with Ben Hogan for third place on the all-time list.
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Matching the largest final-round comeback in his PGA Tour career – 5 strokes - Tiger Woods birdied the 72nd hole in gathering darkness to defeat Sean O’Hair by one shot. Woods and O’Hair went to the final hole tied at 4 under. O’Hair missed his birdie attempt from about 20 feet, then Woods buried his 16-footer – the third time he had made a 72nd-hole birdie putt to win at Bay Hill. It was Woods’ first win since the 2008 U.S. Open, and much of the intervening time had been spent rehabbing from reconstructive knee surgery.
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Robert Gamez was a PGA Tour rookie in 1990, but he wasn’t your average rookie. He won in his first career start, taking the Tucson Open. At the Nestle Invitational, as the Bay Hill tournament was then known, he came to the final hole trailing playing partner and co-leader Larry Mize by one shot. Gamez then holed a 176-yard 7-iron for eagle to take the clubhouse lead. Greg Norman was on the 17th tee when he heard the roar. He needed one birdie in his final two holes to tie, but parred both and finished one shot back.
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No longer the dominant player on the PGA Tour, Woods hadn’t won an official Tour event since two months before his sex scandal broke on Thanksgiving 2009 (though he had won his own unofficial Chevron World Challenge at the end of 2011). Injuries and swing changes had dogged him in the interim. But if ever there was a tournament made for Woods to regain his mojo, it was the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Woods shot 13-under 275 and coasted to his seventh win at Bay Hill, beating Graeme McDowell by five shots.
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Tiger Woods’ eighth win at the Arnold Palmer Invitational tied Sam Snead for the most victories in one event (Snead won the Greater Greensboro Open eight times). It also vaulted Woods back into the No. 1 ranking, a spot he had not occupied since October 2010. Woods made three eagles during the week, and shot a final-round 2-under 70 to top Justin Rose by two shots.
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Eighteen is a golf number - the number of holes in a round, the number of professional major championships won by Jack Nicklaus. It’s also the highest score made by John Daly on a hole, which happened to be the par-5 sixth hole in the final round of the Bay Hill Invitational. Daly hit his drive into the lake to the left of the fairway, took a drop, then hit five more balls into the water before he finally cleared it. Three shots and two putts later he had an 18. It wasn’t a record, though. Ray Ainsley made a 19 on the par-4 16th hole at Cherry Hills in the 1938 U.S. Open.
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Tiger Woods didn’t have much trouble winning at Bay Hill – he finished 11 strokes clear of Kirk Triplett, Stewart Cink, Kenny Perry and Brad Faxon, equaling his third-largest victory margin in an official PGA Tour event. He also became the first golfer since Gene Sarazen at the 1930 Miami Open to win the same tournament in four consecutive years.
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When Tiger Woods won for the first time at Bay Hill, there was no way of knowing he would repeat the feat seven more times (and counting). Woods secured his initial Bay Hill win rather easily, shooting 18 under par and finishing four shots clear of Davis Love III. It was Woods’ third win of his biggest year on Tour, one in which he would go on to win nine times overall, including three majors.
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Tom Kite defeated Davis Love III in a playoff after both double-bogeyed the final hole of regulation. “I'm in shock," Kite said. "It looked like a pro-am out there. No, not that good." On the 72nd hole, Kite hit his second shot into the water and Love airmailed the green, then took two more shots to reach the putting surface. After a penalty drop, Kite hit the green in 4 and two-putted for 6. Love had a 3-foot putt for bogey and the win, but missed. The playoff mercifully ended on the second extra hole, when Kite won with a par as Love three-putted for bogey.
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With a birdie putt on the 72nd hole, Matt Every defeated Henrik Stenson by one shot and became only the third player to successfully defend his title at the API. But the REALLY rare feat of the tournament came before the conclusion in the form of multiple albatrosses. Tour rookie Daniel Berger started things off in the third round on the par-5 sixth hole, which was the tournament’s first albatross at Bay Hill. Then in the fourth round, Zach Johnson duplicated the feat at the par-5 16th.
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