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He’s back — atop the world golf rankings.

Tiger Woods, who has spent 623 weeks at No. 1 in the world, will return to the top spot for the first time in 29 months after his victory Monday in the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill.

 

“I think it’s been years since I’ve hit the ball this consistently day in and day out,” Woods said.

Woods held off Rickie Fowler and Justin Rose in the continuation of the final round, which was halted Sunday when wind, rain and lightning forced a suspension of play. Woods and Fowler had played two holes Sunday, and Woods led by three shots when they teed off at No. 3 on Monday.

 

Fowler applied some pressure on the back nine, until he knocked two balls in the water on the par-5 16h on his way to a triple bogey.

Woods, not as sharp as he had been in the first three rounds, finished with a final-round 2-under 70, 13 under par and two shots better than Rose.

“Byproduct of hard work, patience, and getting back to winning golf tournaments,” Woods said about his return to the top of the rankings.

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