Spectators make their way past a scoreboard that toppled over behind the first tee after a severe thunderstorm passed through on Sunday at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
(Photo: Phelan M. Ebenhack, AP)
ORLANDO - Tiger Woods rolled in a 10-foot putt for birdie on the second hole to extend his lead to three strokes in Sunday's final round of the Arnold Palmer invitational.
Then a massive storm rolled in.
Play was called for the day at about 4 p.m. ET and will pick up at 10 a.m. ET on Monday. Golf Channel has the broadcast.
Winds hitting 50 mph and blinding rain turned Bay Hill into one large water hazard as play was initially suspended at 2:03 pm ET. The media center was evacuated and a tornado warning was issued. An hour later heavy rain was still falling and winds were still gusting to 45 mph.
PGA Tour official Mark Russell told NBC that even though the rain had stopped, the course would not drain in time to play any more on Sunday.
"We didn't get in much," Woods said. "We got in two holes, and hopefully the course will be drained, and we can get after it (Monday)."
This is the third time this year that a PGA Tour event did not finish on time. The Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines was delayed until Monday because of fog, and high wind forced the season-opening Hyundai Tournament of Champions in Hawaii to a Tuesday finish.
"We've dealt with this before," Woods said. "We had that fog delay in San Diego, and this is part of playing outside. We've got to deal with conditions like this."
Woods came out on top in that Monday finish at Torrey Pines.
Keegan Bradley, John Huh, Ken Duke and Rickie Fowler were all at 9 under.
Woods is chasing his 77th PGA Tour title, his eighth win at Bay Hill, his third victory of the season ... and a return to No. 1 in the world.
He has not been No. 1 since Oct. 30, 2010.
Steve DiMeglio, USA TODAY Sports