Tiger ends winless drought with seventh title at Bay Hill

It's tough to remember the last time Tiger Woods won an official PGA Tour event. It was some 923 days ago at the BMW Championship, in 2010.

His win less drought is at an end now, as he went on to win the Arnold Palmer Invitational, for the seventh time in his career.

With this victory, that brings his PGA Tour titles to 72.

How did Woods describe this relief, finally getting back to the winners circles in two years? Very simply.

“Pure joy,” he said.

Coming into Sunday's final round. Woods held a one shot lead over Graeme MCDowell. By day's end, it would be a five stroke victory over the 2010 U.S. Open champion.

Woods finished the event at 13-under par. With a final round score of two-under, 70.

“I think he really just kind of nailed home his comeback,” said McDowell after their final round pairing. “Great to have a front-row seat watching maybe the greatest of all time doing what he does best – winning golf tournaments.”

Although Woods would eventually pull away from the front runners. His day was not all birdies and smiles.

He actually bogeyed the par-three, second to give a shot back to the field.

Woods quickly rebounded, carding four birdies over his next six holes. Allowing himself some breathing room heading to the final nine.

All pars coming in, minus the one slip at the par-three, 14th. He would finish even par for the week on par-threes. Including four bogeys in rounds three and four on No. 2 and No. 14.

The par-threes might have had Woods' number this week. However, he dominated the par-fives. Finishing 12-under for the week on those holes.

“It’s not like winning a major championship or anything,” Woods said. “But it certainly feels really good.”

“I’ve gotten better, and that’s the main thing,” continued Woods after his victory. “I’ve been close for a number of tournaments now. And it was just a matter of staying the course and staying patient, keeping working on fine-tuning what we’re doing. And here we are.”

His and many others attention now turns to The Masters, in two weeks time. Where you would think, given his track record there. Would be the odds on favorite to win another green jacket.

Although, you cannot count out Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy and Luke Donald at Augusta at all.

All three of those players will be going into The Masters, with a victory already under their belts as well.

I can't remember the weeks leading up The Masters with such anticipation, as what we have building after Woods victory this week at Bay Hill.

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