• Arnold Palmer Invitational, Round Four

Woods' victory charge at Bay Hill put on hold

ESPN staff
March 24, 2013
The extreme weather conditions forced play to be suspended © Getty Images

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The final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill has been postponed until Monday due to bad weather.

Defending champion Tiger Woods had begun his final round and held a three-shot lead after two holes when play was suspended due to the threat of lightning, and with thunderstorms and tornado warnings being set off, organisers were left with no choice but to call off the day's play and resume the action on Monday.

Woods is looking to win the event for an eighth time, which would tie him with Sam Snead for the most number of wins at a single PGA Tour event (Greensboro Open), and victory would see the 37-year-old American regain the top spot in the world rankings for the first time since October 2010.

"It just got to the point where we weren't going to be able to get the golf course ready," said Mark Russell, PGA Tour vice-president of rules and competition. "They're going to go out now and work till dark, and then do the same thing at daybreak in the morning and try to get ready to play.

"We just got unlucky with the weather. That micro burst on the radar was about the size of a pinhead, but it hit us directly. Then we got that little train situation, where if we had been 30 miles north or 30 miles south, we might have been okay. We just got unlucky."

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