Arnold Palmer Invitational to finish on Monday

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Updated: March 24, 2013

A severe thunderstorm blew through Bay Hill
Club & Lodge on Sunday causing damage to the course and the storm also pushed
the finish of the Arnold Palmer Invitational to Monday.

Defending champion Tiger Woods was three strokes clear of the field when play
was halted. Woods, who will ascend to the top of the world rankings for the
first time since October 2010 with a victory, was 1-under par through two
holes of the final round.

Woods and playing partner Rickie Fowler had just completed the second hole
when the horns blew to stop play.

The delay was about an hour and half old when officials called play for the
day. The round will resume at 10 a.m. (ET) on Monday.

“Golf course is gone, bunkers are gone. We’re going to need time for the
course to drain,” said PGA Tour vice president of rules and competition Mark
Russell.

NBC broadcaster Dan Hicks tweeted that five of their camera towers were blown
over in the storm. Power was knocked out in the clubhouse, and the media
center was evacuated as well.

Fowler parred the first two holes to remain at 9-under par. He shares second
place with 2011 PGA Champion Keegan Bradley, Ken Duke and John Huh.

Bradley had pars at one and two, before converting back-to-back birdie efforts
at three and four. Duke parred three straight, then birdied No. 4. Huh also
started with a pair of pars.

Mark Wilson, Brian Stuard, Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, Thorbjorn Olesen and
Justin Rose share sixth place at minus-8.

NOTES: Thirty-three players managed to complete their rounds before the storm
rolled through … Masters champion Bubba Watson fired a 5-under 67 to finish
four rounds at 4-under-par 284. Of those that finished their four rounds, he
is the closest to the leaders … Sergio Garcia, who played a shot out of a
tree on No. 10 during the final round, withdrew during the weather delay.