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Storm halts Woods at bay hill

Tiger Woods’s bid to regain the world No. 1 ranking with an eighth Bay Hill title was put on hold when a severe thunder storm forced the final round finish to be pushed to Monday. Woods and playing partner Rickie Fowler had just completed the second hole when the horns blew to stop play. Woods’s birdie at the par-three second put him 12-under for the tournament and stretched his lead to three strokes over Fowler, Keegan Bradley, Ken Duke and John Huh. Woods won his seventh Arnold Palmer Invitational title here last year. A record eighth triumph in the event would see him supplant Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy atop the world rankings. The 14-time major champion has spent a record 623 weeks on top of the world. But he has not paced the rankings since October of 2010 after injuries and an infamous sex scandal saw him tumble from the top 50. Sunday’s storm swept across the course in dramatic fashion, with gusting winds toppling a television tower behind the 10th green.
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