Tiger Woods picked himself up from the mat as he wins the Arnold Palmer Invitational

Tiger Woods picked himself up from the mat as he wins the Arnold Palmer Invitational

Bay Hill : FL : USA | Mar 26, 2012 at 9:02 AM PDT
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Hey everyone! The Tiger is back! The Tiger Woods that we know won his 72nd PGA Tour at the Arnold Palmer Invitational on Sunday, his first since the BMW Championship in September 2009.

His career darkened after his minor car accident, at his home only miles from the Bay Hills course and turned out to a biggest scandal in sports history.

Sunday, Tiger showed to the world that he not given up after making to the final 18 holes. Woods can't stop smiling after his victory which he called, "Pure joy".

"It feels good," said a smiling Woods, who earned $1,080,000. "It feels really good. It's been a lot of work."

“To me, it was the old Tiger back, the guy I remember,” Ernie Els said. “He never missed a shot or made a bad swing.”

Tiger Woods embraced his caddie Joe LaCava after winning the Arnold Palmer Invitational golf tournament at Bay Hill in Orlando Florida presented by Mastercard on Sunday, March 25, 2012.

"He was a man on a mission today," said LaCava, who secured his first win on the bag with Woods. "He was pretty jacked up. He was out there to prove himself."

Tiger has now won 72 PGA Tour titles, third-best on the all-time list. Sam Snead ranks first with 82 and Jack Nicklaus is second with 73.

Woods' next event is the Masters, April 5-8. He can't wait. "I'm excited, there's no doubt," he said. "Looking forward to the momentum I built."

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Tiger Woods smiling while holding his winning trophy
Tiger Woods picked himself up from the mat as he hold his 72nd PGA Tour win at the Arnold Palmer Invitational on Sunday
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