Confident Woods returns to happy hunting ground at Bay Hill

Annette Crawford
March 14, 2018

Woods returned to form this week with a stunning second place a the Valspar Championship.

Momentum is everything in golf and Tiger Woods will arrive at Bay Hill for this week's Arnold Palmer Invitational like a runaway train following his stunning return to the game this year.

"It was little things like that. sharing jokes with him out there on the green and he and I laughing".

"If I knew I'd tell you".

Some will point to Sean Foley, who Tiger started working with in 2010, as the genesis of a more mechanical player, but that's unfair to Foley and ignores the fact that throughout the duo's tenure together Woods was hampered by litany of injuries.

When he felt he didn't need a driver off the tee, I loved watching him whack those low "stingers" miles down the fairway with a long iron, just like he did when he won 14 majors.

"I hadn't played there in a couple of years because of my back, and I wanted to play there a couple of years ago... I love the course and love everything about it, and I would love to win another one". None more so than last time I won here (in 2013). "We think amongst my inner circle that I was living in so much pain I didn't know it and I was just going through that slide of just protecting, playing around it and I didn't know why". With a new swing and his back in decent shape for the first time in years, all eyes will be on Tiger to see what he has in store as we continue to countdown to The Masters in April.

The 14-time major victor finished the Valspar Championship one stroke behind victor Paul Casey on Sunday, earning him his first top three finish on tour since 2013 and a welcome boost in the world rankings, where he is now 149th.

And Woods is itching to return to one of his favourite venues. It was his best performance of the year and he will look to carry that momentum into this week's tournament at Bay Hill Club.

Pressed on his prospects of winning the same event for a record ninth time, Woods added: "I would just have to say what I keep saying, just enjoy this".

"Each and every week I've learned from what I've done and more importantly, I'm learning my body".

"I've gone back to a lot of stuff I used to do with my dad and how he first taught me how to play golf", he said.

But even with that kind of success and familiarity, Tiger spent part of the late morning surveying the Bay Hill course by golf cart before spending some time on the putting green gauging the speed of the greens on Tuesday.

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