Tiger Woods can reclaim the world's No. 1 ranking as the Arnold Palmer Invitational begins Thursday at Bay Hill Club in Orlando.
The 37-year-old looked like Tiger of three years ago during his victory at the WGC Cadillac Championship two weeks ago, and with Rory McIlroy slipping of late, can reclaim the world’s top rank.
Woods hasn’t held that title since October 2010, but he looked like the world’s best after finishing 19-under at Doral, and leading throughout the tournament. Woods is also defending his title at the Arnold Palmer.
McIlroy cannot challenge Woods directly for his crown, as he will reportedly take the tournament off in preparation for the Masters in April.
Still some of the world’s best players will try to stifle Woods’ run, including England’s Lee Westood, No. 12 in the world, and fifth ranked Justin Rose.
Americans Phil Mickelson and Brandt Snedeker, both in the Top 10, will also challenge Woods.
Snedeker and Mickelson are both seeking their second victory of the season. Mickelson has three top 10 finishes, to Snedeker’s four.
The 32-year-old Snedeker hasn’t played since the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am back in February, which he won with a 19-under.
Television coverage is provided by the Golf Channel, and will start at 3 p.m. Eastern time. You can watch a live online stream at Golf Live Extra here, by submitting your cable provider information.
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