Arnold Palmer Invitational 2013: Top Threats to Tiger Woods' Title

Stephen Sheehan@@StephenPSheehanCorrespondent IMarch 24, 2013

Tiger Woods is in position to win the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
Tiger Woods is in position to win the Arnold Palmer Invitational.David Cannon/Getty Images

Entering Sunday, Tiger Woods remains the favorite to wrap up the 2013 Arnold Palmer Invitational. But as we've seen with March Madness, the favorite isn't always a guarantee. 

Although Woods has a two-stroke lead heading into the final round, victory is anything but certain. Nine players are within three strokes of Woods, including Rickie Fowler and John Huh. 

While most expect Woods to seal the deal today, a few notable players could play spoiler in Orlando. 

Let's take a look at the top threats to Tiger's title. 


Rickie Fowler 

Sitting just two strokes back, 24-year-old Rickie Fowler is well within reach of Tiger. 

The former top amateur golfer hasn't made a huge dent on the PGA Tour in his short career, but is talented in his own right. 

As if he needed any more pressure, Fowler is paired with Woods for Sunday's final round. Woods hasn't been particularly dominant so far, but a strong third round helped put him in first place. 

Fowler has managed to rebound from a poor first round to shoot five-under the past two rounds, putting himself in the driver's seat to overtake the golf icon. No pressure, kid. 


John Huh 

Sitting in a tie for second with Fowler is another young star in John Huh. Just 22 years old, Huh is a Korean-American who holds just one PGA Tour victory. Despite his age and lack of big-time experience, Huh has done well to remain in the hunt for the title. 

Unfortunately, Huh's performance has declined as the tournament's gone on. After shooting five-under par on the first day, he shot just three-under in round two before shooting just one-under in round three. 

If he hopes to score an upset over Tiger, he'll have to reverse this trend and play like he did in the opening round. 


Justin Rose 

The dark horse in this race definitely has to be Justin Rose. With 13 professional wins under his belt, including four PGA Tour victories, Rose is a major threat to Tiger's title run. 

Rose is a player on the upswing. He beat out Bubba Watson at the WGC-Cadillac Championship in March, finished in third place at the PGA Championship in August and won the Turkish Airlines World Golf Final in October. 

For a player who's shown tremendous strides over the past year, earning a victory over the best golfer in the world could be a career changer.