Tiger Woods is going to have to wait one more day to try to reclaim No. 1 in the world. Moments after Woods made a 10-foot birdie putt on the second hole, a vicious thunderstorm packing gusts that topped out at 62 mph interrupted the final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Orlando, Fla., and wiped out play until today.
The storm dumped nearly 1½ inches on Bay Hill and formed small ponds in the fairways — there was even a fish in the middle of the 18th fairway. 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 hit all of six shots on Sunday, enough to build a 3-shot lead over Rickie Fowler, Keegan Bradley, John Huh and Ken Duke.
There was plenty of action, none more bizarre than Sergio Garcia. The Spaniard’s tee shot on the 10th hole came to rest about 15 feet up in an oak tree, sitting between two large branches. Garcia used a cart to jump into the tree, and after a few minutes, hit a one-handed, back-handed shot back to the fairway.
Beatrtiz Recari sank an 18-foot birdie putt from the fringe on the second hole of a playoff with I.K. Kim to win the Kia Classic in Carlsbad, Calif., on Sunday. After Recari and Kim three-putted No. 18 both in regulation and on the first playoff hole, Recari, 25, of Spain, ended it for her first victory since her rookie season of 2010.
Michael Allen rallied to win the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic in Saucier on Sunday for his fourth Champions Tour title, shooting a 5-under 67 to leapfrog a crowded leaderboard. The 54-year-old navigated windy conditions at Fallen Oak to finish a stroke ahead of Bernhard Langer, who was one of four players with the second-round lead.
Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat shot a 2-under 70 in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday to beat Eduardo Molinari by a stroke and win a Malaysian Open shortened to 54 holes after rain interruptions.
Edward Loar won the Louisiana Open in Broussard on Sunday for his second Web.com Tour title, closing with a 2-under 69 in windy conditions for a 2-stroke victory over Morgan Hoffmann. Loar finished at 17-under 267 on the Le Triomphe course.