Rain Delays Arnold Palmer Invitational

The finale of the Arnold Palmer Invitational has been postponed until Monday after a vicious thunderstorm interrupted the final round at Bay Hill.

Heavy rains and strong winds from the storms ripped branches from trees and left the course unplayable after Tiger Woods and Rickie Fowler had played just two holes.

Woods had just rolled in an 11-foot birdie putt on the second hole, leaving him three shots ahead of Rickie Fowler, Keegan Bradley, Justin Rose and John Huh, when horns sounded to evacuate the course.

It will be the third time this year that a PGA Tour event did not finish on time. Torrey Pines was delayed until Monday because of fog, and high wind forced the Tournament of Champions in Hawaii to a Tuesday finish.

Woods is looking to win Bay Hill for the eighth time to tie a PGA Tour record and leapfrog Rory McIlroy to become world No 1 for the first time since the final week of October in 2010.