Orlando, Florida: A few miles from Bay Hill Club and Lodge, Tiger Woods ran into a fire hydrant, and out gushed sordid details of his private life. Two years later, in November 2011, he reached rock bottom in his professional life, dropping to No. 58 in the world rankings.
Gilded to gilded, gold dust to gold dust, Woods returned to golf's zenith, not far from where he plunged from grace, with a victory Monday at the weather-delayed Arnold Palmer Invitational. Completing the final 16 holes of his fourth round, Woods carded a two-under 70 to win by two strokes and overtake the world No. 1, Rory McIlroy, who skipped the event but is to return to action this week in Houston.
"What can you say?" said Palmer, 83, who collected 62 PGA Tour titles, 15 fewer than Woods. "Unbelievable performance for him. He's been playing good all his life and he showed it again today."