The clutch shots. The late charge. An electric birdie putton the 18th hole at Bay Hill.
With those familiar back-nine heroics, Tiger Woods holed a 15-footer for birdieon Sunday to win the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Orlando, Fla., his firstvictory since returning from knee surgery.
Woods closed with a 3-under-par 67 for a one-shot victory over Sean O'Hair,matching his largest comeback on the PGA Tour.
"It feels good to be back in contention, to feel the rush," Woodssaid. "It's been awhile, but God, it felt good."
Woods, who made a 25-foot birdie on the final hole last year for a one-shotvictory, won at Bay Hill for the sixth time. He has 66 career titles.
Woods had not been atop the leaderboard since he won the U.S. Open in a 19-holeplayoff last June. He had reconstructive surgery on his left knee a week later,and missed the next eight months.
With two indifferent results at WGC events, there were questions whether hewould be ready for the Masters in two weeks. Not anymore. He rallied from afive-shot deficit and delivered one crucial shot after another in fadingsunlight due to a two-hour rain delay in the morning.
It was the third time Woods won at Bay Hill with a birdie on the 72nd hole.
O'Hair made only one birdie and closed with a 73, but he steadied himself alongthe back nine until a crucial mistake on the 16th hole, when he went at theflag with Woods in the rough. His 7-iron came up short and into the water,leading to a bogey.
Woods finished at 5-under 275.
Zach Johnson shot a 69 and wound up third at 278.
Webb ends drought: Karrie Webb shota 5-under 67 for a two-stroke victory in the J Golf Phoenix LPGA International,her first win on tour in two years. Webb finished at 14-under 274. Jiyai Shin(70) was second.
Fergus wins: Keith Fergus holed outwith a wedge from 95 yards on the 17th hole, capping his dramatic rally fromfour shots down to win the Champions Tour Cap Cana Championship in theDominican Republic.
Fergus shot a 5-under 67 to finish at 13-under 203, one shot ahead of MarkO'Meara (68) and Andy Bean (65).Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times