WORLD No2 Tiger Woods’s 29-month wait to return to the top of the rankings was delayed by at least 24 hours last night, after extreme weather saw play on the final day of the Arnold Palmer Invitational tournament abandoned.
The 14-time Major winner held a two-shot lead going into the final round and a birdie on the second hole saw that advantage extended, before torrential rain, fierce winds and the threat of a tornado put paid to the day’s play at Bay Hill.
Play is set to resume at 2pm GMT today.
“At least we got a little activity in, so we’re not completely stagnant,” said Woods.
“We’ve dealt with this before. This is part of playing outside. We’ve got to deal with conditions like this.”
Twice already this year PGA Tour events have been unable to finish on time.
The Farmers Insurance Open, won by Woods in January, was disrupted by fog and the Tournament of Champions in Hawaii had a delayed finish due to high winds.
Should Woods, who has already triumphed in two tournaments this year, win he will overtake Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy as the world’s No1 golfer for the first time since October 2010.
The 37-year-old has previously been world No1 for a record 623 weeks and held an unbroken run at the top for more than five years.
Chasing Woods, there is a four-way tie for second place between American quartet Keegan Bradley, Ken Duke, John Huh and Rickie Fowler.
England’s Justin Rose, the first round leader, is four shots off the pace having bogeyed the first hole.
Reigning Masters champion Bubba Watson shot five under par yesterday to finish on four under for the week.