Four-time winner Woods commits to Bay Hill Invitational

SPORTS DIGEST

March 10, 2006|By ORLANDO SENTINEL

Four-time Bay Hill Invitational winner Tiger Woods added his name to the commitment list for next week's PGA Tour event, again cementing another strong field for host Arnold Palmer's annual spring fling.

Woods, who has won four of his past five official stroke-play events worldwide, including last week's Ford Championship at Doral, took this week off in advance of Bay Hill. For now, he still resides at Isleworth, located just across the Butler Chain of Lakes from Bay Hill.

"A week off, and you don't get many home games," he said Sunday night.

With the inclusion of Woods, tournament officials have received commitments from eight of the top 11 players in this week's world rankings, including the top four: Woods, Vijay Singh, Retief Goosen and Ernie Els, respectively.

A loaded field is nothing new. Last year's Bay Hill player list, based on the world golf rankings of that week, finished 2005 ranked as the ninth best of the year. Rounding out the players in the top 11 are Sergio Garcia, Jim Furyk, Adam Scott and Colin Montgomerie. Furyk, ranked No. 7, will be playing at Bay Hill for the first time since 1999.

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