ORLANDO, Fla. – Tiger Woods finally brought the buzz back to the very thing that made him famous – winning.

Two weeks after another injury scare, and two days before his former coach’s book goes on sale, Woods looked dominant as ever Sunday in the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

It was his first PGA Tour victory since a sex scandal at the end of 2009 led to one of the greatest downfalls in sports.  

Now, with the Masters only two weeks away, Woods looks more capable of ever than resuming his pursuit of Jack Nicklaus in the majors.

Woods closed with a 2-under 70 for a five-shot win over Graeme McDowell, and here’s how it happened courtesy of www.sportsnet.ca



The question two weeks ago was when he could play again. Now, it’s whether he can rule the sport like he once did.

One thing that did not happen after the victory was a congratulatory handshake on the 18th green from the man for whom the tournament is named – Arnold Palmer.

Palmer was being hospitalized overnight after doctors noticed a rise in his blood pressure.

Alaistair Johnston, vice chairman of IMG and Palmer’s longtime business manager, says the 82-year-old is on new medication and was checking his blood pressure throughout the final round.

About 15 minutes before the tournament ended, doctors noticed enough of an increase to take him to the hospital for closer evaluation.

Johnston says Palmer was to be hospitalized overnight as a precaution. He says no one is overly concerned.

Here are the top-10 finishers as well as their scores and earnings.

Tiger Woods            $1,080,000    69-65-71-70_275
Graeme McDowell   $648,000       72-63-71-74_280
Ian Poulter               $408,000       71-69-68-74_282
Bud Cauley              $209,571       70-73-68-72_283
Brian Davis              $209,571       70-73-70-70_283
Ryan Moore            $209,571       71-71-71-70_283
Kevin Na                $209,571       73-68-69-73_283
Johnson Wagner      $209,571       71-69-69-74_283
Bubba Watson         $209,571       69-70-72-72_283
Ernie Els                  $209,571       71-70-67-75_283

OTHER NOTABLES:
Jim Furyk               $132,000     72-72-70-70_284
Phil Mickelson        $49,800       73-71-71-72_287
Vijay Singh             $49,800       71-68-75-73_287
Sergio Garcia         $33,900       72-67-75-75_289
Camilo Villegas      $20,400       73-69-74-75_291