The 2012 Arnold Palmer Invitational kicks off Thursday in Orlando as Tiger Woods makes his first tournament appearance since an Achilles injury forced him to withdraw from the WGC-Cadillac Championship earlier this month.
This PGA event will certainly be a good tuneup for Woods as he looks to get back into shape for the Masters in early April.
This event will take place at Bay Hill, but Luke Donald and Rory McIlroy, the No. 1 and 2 ranked golfers in the world, will not participate in the event.
Palmer himself is a bit disappointed two of golf's best players won't be at Bay Hill this week.
"I'm disappointed that they are not here, no question about it," Palmer said. "They are the top players on the Tour right now in the positions that they are in, and I am disappointed.
Without two of the best players in the world, it should be an exciting tournament that many players will have a shot at winning.
Check back for the latest highlight, and leaderboard updates throughout the tournament.
Update: Sunday, March 25 at 6:55 p.m. ET
The drought is over. Tiger Woods has captured his first PGA victory since 2009. And he did it in dominant fashion. Woods coasted to a five shot victory as he continued to drill greens and make putts as those around him faltered.
Update: Sunday, March 25 at 6:15 p.m. ET
Barring a completely unexpected meltdown, Tiger Woods is going to claim his first PGA victory in 30 months. He continues to play solid golf, as those behind him flounder.
Update: Sunday, March 25 at 4:30 p.m. ET
What year is this? Tiger Woods took a lead into Sunday, and is now running away with it, and it seems like old times.
Tiger continues his steady play. He is three-under for the day. His closest competitor, McDowell, is even. This has led to Tiger opening up a four stroke lead.
Update: Sunday, March 25 at 3:40 p.m. ET
Well the golfers are starting to tame Bay Hill on this Sunday. Leaders Woods and McDowell both hit the par five, sixth hole in two. Tigers was a beautiful shot that left him pin high and about 12' away.
McDowell had 50' left for his eagle, and he drained it. Woods was left to tap-in for birdie. Tiger is two up on McDowell, and they are running away from the field.
Update: Sunday, March 25 at 2:45 p.m. ET
Bay Hill is defending her honor on Sunday. Players are losing strokes to the course left and right. Tiger extended his one-stroke lead to two, and he is one-over through two holes.
Day 3 Leaderboard: Last Updated Saturday, March 24 at 6:00 p.m. ET
|T-5th||Charles Howell III||-7||F|
Phil Mickelson is my pick to win this event. With some really strong performances on tour this season, Mickelson will be motivated to ready his game for Augusta in a few weeks. If he can hit his fairways and get onto the green consistently, he will dominate the field.
Watch: Golf Channel beginning at 3:00 p.m. ET
Tee Times for Notable Players on Thursday
|8:15 a.m.||Vegas, Jhonattan||Kelly, Jerry||Love III, Davis|
|8:26 a.m.||Huh, John||Watney, Nick||Garrigus, Robert|
|8:26 a.m.||Mahan, Hunter||Els, Ernie||Woods, Tiger|
|8:38 a.m.||McNeill, George||Wilson, Mark||Choi, K.J.|
|8:38 a.m.||Simpson, Webb||Rose, Justin||Mickelson, Phi|
|12:45 p.m.||Points, D.A.||Byrd, Jonathan||Poulter, Ian|
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