Orlando: The Arnold Palmer Invitational came to a close on Sunday under blue skies in Orlando. Vaughn Taylor, the leader after three rounds, fell out of contention early with bogeys on two and four and did not shoot a birdie until the 15th hole before closing with a 73. Rocco Mediate, on the other hand, rocketed to the top of the leaderboard with a pitch-and-run eagle on the sixth. Mediate went on to shoot a 67 and finish in second place at six under par. Tiger 'falls' Tiger Woods also looked good early on. Woods' long birdie on the eight put him at five under par. But his fortunes would turn on the back nine. Woods double bogeyed 11, bogeyed 16 and doubled 17 before his approach on 18 hit off of the rocks and hopped into the water. He went on to triple the hole and card a very un-Tiger-like final round of 76 that left him at three over par. With Woods falling, the day belonged to Vijay Singh. The Fijian chipped onto the green and into the cup on the second hole for an early birdie. He continued his success with the wedges on the sixth hole, blasting out of a bunker to leave himself with a short putt for a birdie and the lead. Singh did not relinquish the top spot on the leaderboard the rest of the way. He birdied the eighth and the ninth to go to the turn at nine under par. That was where he sat before the 15th, where he shot a beautiful approach from the fairway that hit the back of the green and spun all the way back to the cup to leave him a tap-in birdie. Singh bogeyed 16 and 17 but still was able to par the 18th hole to clinch the victory by two strokes over Mediate.
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