ORLANDO -- The tournament host was not here to witness the ending, the formality that was Tiger Woods celebrating on the 18th green, a victory that is bigger than the game's biggest attraction will ever acknowledge.
Arnold Palmer took ill Sunday afternoon, a blood pressure issue sending him to the hospital and denying him a chance to watch Woods put the finishing touches on a most important win and then acknowledge the hard work with a firm handshake and hearty hug.
Palmer, 82, who was being kept overnight for observation, played with more bravado and panache in his day than Woods does, but he nonetheless has always loved it when Tiger wins his tournament. Who wouldn't? This victory was Woods' seventh at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, and who is to say it wasn't the biggest?
Like the King himself, fans revel in watching Woods win -- and were enjoying every bit of his first victory on the PGA Tour in 923 days, back to his triumph at the 2009 BMW Championship, where Woods won for the sixth time that year and seemed on top of the golf world.
So much has transpired since then, so much negativity and personal turmoil and upheaval and injury, that many wondered if this day would ever come. Woods won for the 72nd time in his PGA Tour career with a hard-fought, final-round 70 at the Bay Hill Club & Lodge, where he took a 1-stroke lead into the final round over Graeme McDowell and won by 5.
"I think he really just kind of nailed home his comeback," McDowell said. "Great to have a front-row seat watching maybe the greatest of all time doing what he does best, winning golf tournaments."
Even other players like to see Woods succeed. Make no mistake, McDowell -- the 2010 U.S. Open champion -- did all he could to win the tournament. After a double-bogey start, he fought back with a birdie at the third hole and a 50-foot eagle putt at the sixth. Another birdie at the 11th kept the heat on. But Woods never let it get closer than 3 strokes.
All the while, he had to hear the support from the gallery, which was jam-packed and primed to witness Woods' return to winning ways.


Strappy Pumps
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Makeup-color heels are always pretty.

"I dig the way her shoes match her lipstick. Her beauty sneaks up on you."
—Adam, 40
Women's Rain boots
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Your "commute shoes" can look out of place.

"Great job matching her cab, not so much her outfit."
—Ralph, 27
Women's T-strap sandals
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Barely there sandals say "beach goddess."

"She wishes she was on a Hawaiian vacation, but the park will have to do for now."
—William, 26
Strappy Sandals
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Socks + sexy pumps = identity crisis.

"The black heels are 'downtown' sophisticated, and the socks are schoolgirl cutesy. I'm confused."
—Mike, 31
Women's Wedges
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Fashion-forward wedges spell fierce.

"She's either from the funkiest village in Holland or owns her own paint-by-numbers shoe shop. Either way, this girl knows how to have a good time and isn't afraid to tell you to your face."
—Matt, 36


MediaTakeOut.com spoke with AN EXTREEEEEEE-EMELY reliable Young Money insider who tells us that rapper Drakegot “married” to a woman whom he’s known for just ONE WEEK. The woman, who is pictured below (with her face hidden) is a Miami “model”/college student. She reportedly met Drake over Twitter, and the two have been INSEPARABLE for the last few days.And the snitch claims the two flew to VEGAS . . . and got a quickie wedding on Monday night in VEGAS. Oh . . . and Drizzy’s twitter seems to CONFIRM it – peep what he says. But the FINAL piece of evidence . . . the two were wearing MATCHING WEDDING RINGS . . . as they were out at dinner on Thursday. 


Little Miss Sunshine aka Willow Smith certainly looked the part of a ‘Fireball’when she debuted her glowing yellow hair at Los Angeles’ ‘The Grove” on Saturday.  The youngest of the Smith clan, who is said to be whipping up her Spring-due debut album ‘Knees and Elbows’, was all smiles during the trip accompanied by friends.
As fans may remember, the yellow glow is just one of many interesting looks the 11-year-old has unfolded including green hairno hair, and more.  Get a closer look at these snaps (courtesy of Rap-Up):


Nas says Jay-Z is not a businessman. He’s a business, Man! Who do you think is the greatest?
Rap veteran Nas may credit himself for saving hip-hop at times, however, God’s Son recently gave props to one-time music rival Jay-Z for helping the culture remain relevant and alive.
Nasty Nas, it is Jay’s focus on taking his craft seriously both as an emcee and businessman which has helped inspire hip-hop artists.
“Hip-hop has a savior in Jay-Z,” Nas said during a sit-down chat with Hot 97′s Peter Rosenberg while at SXSW last week. “Let me tell you why. As a business man — the fact that he’s doing what he’s doing is a [wake up] call for all of the Gods and Earths to wake up and understand — this generation is bigger than what we can even fathom. And he is one of the only ones out of the whole community that we grew up with from the Run-DMC days, who’s taken his sh*t seriously. Taken his sh*t very seriously. That’s powerful. And you gotta respect that.” (XXL Mag)