Tiger Woods Wins 2012 Arnold Palmer Invitational By 5 Strokes

Tiger Woods took home his first PGA Tour win since 2009, winning the 2012 Arnold Palmer Invitational by five strokes over second-place Graeme McDowell. Woods shot 2-under on Sunday to finish at 13-under for the tournament. He hit cruise control on the back nine, recording par on eight of his final nine holes with a bogey on 14th.

McDowell entered the day one stroke back from Woods. He quickly fell out of shouting distance with an up-and-down performance that featured four bogeys, two birdies, an eagle and a double bogey. He finished at 2-over on the day, but despite his inconsistency he was still well ahead of any challengers.

Ian Poulter finished in third place, shooting 2-over to finish two strokes behind McDowell. He just edged out the likes of Ryan Moore, Bubba Watson and Bud Cauley, all of whom finished tied for fourth place at 5-under.

As SB Nation's own Brian Floyd noted heading into the day, a win by Woods doesn't mean he's "back," per say. A win in a major tournament would, however, making the Masters, teeing off on April 5, as "must-see" as a must-see event can be.

For updates and results on the 2012 Arnold Palmer Invitational, keep checking this StoryStream. For all news and information regarding the wonderful world of golf, please visit Waggle Room or stay tuned to SB Nation's dedicated golf hub.

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