Arnold Palmer Invitational 2013 Leaderboard: Stars Who Will Be Helped by Delay

Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistMarch 24, 2013

ORLANDO, FL - MARCH 24:   Tiger Woods (L) shakes hands with Rickie Folwer on the 1st hole during the final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard at the Bay Hill Club and Lodge on March 24, 2013 in Orlando, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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Weather concerns have caused the final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational to be suspended. While this hurts fans and organizers, it could be a good thing for some golfers.

According to the PGA Tour, play will not be resumed until Monday:

Regardless of expertise on the links, few competitors enjoy playing in unpredictable weather conditions. Hard rain, strong winds and other issues could cause a decent round to go south in a hurry. Fortunately, the officials recognized this and delayed the round. 

When play picks up, however, these players should be better off as they look to win the 2013 tournament.


Tiger Woods

The superstar has been playing as well as anyone on tour in recent weeks, so you would think that any delay would cool off his hot streak.

However, Tiger Woods is one of the best ever to play the sport, and he has won in plenty of ways over his career.

He has won in good conditions, bad conditions and simply bizarre situations. Last year, he won the AT&T National after a round was played without fans (via FOX News).

Woods knows how to keep himself level-headed better than anyone else in the field, and that alone will help him survive this suspended tournament and keep his lead.


Justin Rose

Standing at eight-under par, Justin Rose is very much alive in this tournament. However, he needs some time off to clear his head.

After two birdies and an eagle in his first four holes of Round 3, Rose was only able to finish with a 72 thanks to five bogeys. Things started off poorly in Round 4 with another bogey on the first hole to drop him four strokes off the lead.

It is unclear whether fatigue is playing a role in the struggles or if the problem is just mental, but either way, an extra day will be helpful.

Look for Rose to come out much stronger on Monday.


Rickie Fowler

Veteran experience is often useful, but in some cases, it is nice to be able to just go out and play.

The 24-year-old Rickie Fowler is playing some of his best golf of the season, with two rounds of 67 in a row to get him within three strokes of Woods at the time of the delay.

He has been very accurate with his drives and at this point, it does not seem like anything will affect him. That includes rain, strong winds or changes to the schedule.

If he can come out with the same attitude and confidence for the fourth round, he will certainly challenge for a championship.


Leaderboard (via ESPN)

Pos. Player Total Score Round 4 Thru
1 Tiger Woods -12 -1 2
T2 Keegan Bradley -9 -2 4
T2 Ken Duke -9 -1 4
T2 John Huh -9 E 2
T2 Rickie Fowler -9 E 2
T6 Brian Stuard -8 -2 5
T6 Mark Wilson -8 -1 5
T6 Gonzalo Fdez-Castano -8 E 3
T6 Thorbjorn Olesen -8 E 3
T6 Justin Rose -8 +1 2