Arnold Palmer Invitational 2012 Results: Leaderboard Updates, Highlights & More

Nicholas Goss@@NicholasGoss35Correspondent IMarch 22, 2012

ORLANDO, FL - MARCH 21:  Tiger Woods of the USA in action during the pro-am as a preview for the 2012 Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard at Bay Hill Club and Lodge on March 21, 2012 in Orlando, Florida.  (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
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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.

Via Yahoo Sports:

"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. 

1stTiger Woods-13F
2ndGraeme McDowell-8F
3rdIan Poulter-6F
T-4thRyan Moore-5F
T-4thBubba Watson-5F
T-4thBrian Davis-5F
T-4thJohnson Wagner-5F
T-4thBud Cauley-5F
T-4thKevin Na-5F
T-4thErnie Els-5F

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. 

Place Player Score Thru
1st Tiger Woods -13 16
2nd Graeme McDowell -9 16
3rd Ian Poulter -6 17
T-4th Ryan Moore -5 F
T-4th Bubba Watson -5 F
T-4th Brian Davis -5 F
T-4th Johnson Wagner -5 F
T-4th Bud Cauley -5 F
T-4th Kevin Na -5 F
T-4th Ernie Els -5 17

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. 

Place Player Score Thru
1st Tiger Woods -14 9
2nd Graeme McDowell -10 9
3rd Ian Poulter -7 10
T-4th Bubba Watson -6 14
T-4th Charlie Wi -6 11
T-4th Johnson Wagner -6 11

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. 

Place Player Score Thru
1st Tiger Woods -13 6
2nd Graeme McDowell -11 6
3rd Ian Poulter -8 7
T-4th Ernie Els -7 7
T-4th Charlie Wi -7 9
T-6th Chris Stroud -6 10
T-6th Bud Cauley -6 10

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. 

Place Player Score Thru
1st Tiger Woods -10 2
2nd Graeme McDowell -8 2
T-3rd Ernie Els -7 3
T-3rd Ian Poulter -7 3
T-5th Zach Johnson -6 6
T-5th Chris Stroud -6 6
T-5th Charlie Wi -6 6

Day 3 Leaderboard: Last Updated Saturday, March 24 at 6:00 p.m. ET

Place Player Score Thru
1st Tiger Woods -11 F
2nd Graeme McDowell -9 F
T-3rd Ernie Els -8 F
T-3rd Ian Poulter -8 F
T-5th Johnson Wagner -7 F
T-5th Charles Howell III -7 F
T-7th Bud Cauley -6 F
T-7th Charlie Wi -6 F
T-9th Bubba Watson -5 F
T-14 Webb Simpson -4 F
T-14 Justin Rose -4 F
T-25 Vijay Singh -2 F
T-32 Phil Mickelson -1 F

Last-Minute Prediction

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

Time (ET) Player    
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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