Tiger Woods returned to No. 1 in the world by winning the Arnold Palmer Invitational, not surprising except if you consider where he was a little more than a year ago.
Woods had not won a PGA Tour in some 2 1/2 years. He missed most of the summer and two majors in 2011 because of injuries to his left leg and Achilles tendon. He walked off the course at Doral a year ago because of tightness in the same tendon. It wasn't until June that he felt good enough to hit balls on the range after a round.
Instead of a limp, he now has a swagger.
After making three straight bogeys to end his second round at Bay Hill, he stayed on the range for close to an hour. When someone noticed his caddie walking away, Joe LaCava replied, ''Going to get another bucket.''
Woods was at full strength in the Arnold Palmer Invitational, and he looked as good as ever.
Woods never let anyone get closer than two shots in the final round Monday, and when they did, he always had an answer.