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March 25, 2013 at 5:15 PM   |   Comments

Woods wins again at Bay Hill

ORLANDO, Fla., March 25 (UPI) -- Tiger Woods won the weather-delayed Arnold Palmer Invitational in Florida by two strokes Monday, his third win this year, and regained the world No. 1 ranking.

After a large storm left the course in Orlando, Fla., unplayable Sunday, Woods played his final 16 holes of the tournament Monday in 1-under, finishing with a 72-hole total of 13-under-par 275.

It was his eighth victory at Bay Hill Club and Lodge, tying Sam Snead's record of most wins at an individual event. Snead won the Greater Greensboro Open eight times from 1938 through 1965. Woods previously won the Palmer tournament in 2000-03, 2008-09 and 2012.

Woods passes Rory McIlroy for the world No. 1 ranking, a position he last held in October 2010. Lee Westwood became No. 1 then, ending Woods' record string of 281 consecutive weeks at No. 1. Woods also owns the record for total weeks atop the rankings at 624, counting his return to the top this week. McIlroy had been No. 1 the past 32 weeks.

Woods' latest championship, his sixth in his last 20 PGA events, gives him 77 tour titles, second all-time to Snead, who won 82 tournaments.

Woods had a birdie at Bay Hill's second hole Sunday that gave him a three-stroke lead just before play was stopped. He posted four birdies against three bogeys Monday for a final round of 2-under 70.

Justin Rose, who closed with a fourth-round 70, was second at 11-under 277. Keegan Bradley (71), Gonzalo Fernandez-Catano (72), Rickey Fowler (73) and Mark Wilson (71) tied for third at 8-under 280.


NASCAR reviewing Stewart-Logano fracas

FONTANA, Calif., March 25 (UPI) -- NASCAR said it would review a post-race altercation that involved drivers Tony Stewart and Joey Logano and others at the Auto Club 400 in Fontana, Calif.

Logano stood near his car after the race Sunday, a visibly Stewart approached him, others got involved and several punches were thrown, the Charlotte, N.C., Observer reported Monday.

The altercation involved crew members from both drivers' teams and Tony Gibson, crew chief for Danica Patrick, the report said.

NASCAR officials said they separated the combatants, cleared pit road and will review videotapes to determine if penalties will be assessed.

Stewart was angry that Logano blocked him on the final restart of the race at Lap 190 when Logano attempted to take the lead from Kyle Busch, observers said.

"It's time he learns a lesson. He's run his mouth long enough," Stewart said of Logano, referring to him as a "little rich kid" who needs to "learn from us working guys who had to work our way up."

Stewart has often mentioned his disdain for drivers who use blocking techniques on a track, a maneuver not prohibited by NASCAR, the newspaper said.

"Tony Stewart wants to be NASCAR's moral compass, but he won't be until he stops throwing temper tantrums and bullying people," Sports Illustrated said.

"Stewart is showing his age" and it is not unusual for veteran drivers to complain how younger drivers "didn't understand track etiquette, how they were too aggressive and showed little respect," the magazine article said.

Stewart is 42, Logano is 23.

Busch won the race.


Recari jumps in women's golf rankings

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., March 25 (UPI) -- Beatriz Recari jumps to No. 26 in the world women's golf ranking after winning the LPGA's Kia Classic.

Recari defeated I.K. Kim with a birdie on the second playoff hole Sunday in winning her second LPGA title. Her first came in October 2010.

The championship pushes her up 19 spots from 45th in the rankings, which were updated Monday.

There were slight changes in the Top 10 with Ai Miyazato edging Jiyai Shin for the No. 6 spot and Paula Creamer passing Mika Miyazato to re-enter the Top 10.

Stacy Lewis, who tied for ninth at the Kia Classic, remains ranked No. 1 with a rankings points average of 9.76. Yani Tseng is second at 9.08 and Choi Na-yeon comes in third at 8.42.

Inbee Park (7.94) is again fourth with Feng Shanshan in fifth at 6.51.

Ai Miyazato's average is 6.38, just better than Shin's 6.37 but still improving her to No. 6 in the rankings. Shin is seventh. Suzann Pettersen is eighth at 6.13 and Ryu So-yeon (5.88) takes the No. 9 position.

Creamer, ranked 10th, has an average of 4.95, forcing Mika Miyazato (4.92) to 11th.


Carter-Williams' home destroyed by fire

HAMILTON, Mass., March 25 (UPI) -- Michael Carter-Williams, playing for Syracuse's Sweet 16 team in the NCAA Tournament, learned after a game his Hamilton, Mass., home was destroyed in a fire.

After the contest Saturday in San Jose, Calif., in which Syracuse beat California, he was informed by his mother, attending the game, his longtime home burned to the ground.

"It's a traumatizing time. Everyone was safe, thank God," said his aunt, Jennifer Carter.

The two-story house was home to Carter-Williams, his twin stepbrothers, a stepsister, his mother and stepfather, The Boston Globe reported Monday.

Firefighters from Hamilton and seven neighboring municipalities extinguished the fire after 2 1/2 hours, a statement from the Hamilton Fire Department said.

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