Hard work, patience helped me reclaim No.1 ranking, says Tiger Woods

Woods also claimed his 77th PGA Tour victory - his 99th professional victory - in his final tune-up event for next month's Masters.

updated: March 26, 2013 10:58 IST
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Orlando, Florida: Tiger Woods reclaimed the world number one spot on Monday by winning the Arnold Palmer Invitational for the first time since he was brought low by the sex scandal.

With his eighth Bay Hill course triumph, 37-year-old Woods replaced Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy atop the rankings and set the seal on an extraordinary comeback after a spectacular fall from personal and professional grace.

"I play well here," said Woods, who earned $1.08 million in prize money after a closing round of two-under 70. "That is about as simple as it gets. It is a by-product of hard work and patience."

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