Woods curbs enthusiasm after runner-up finish
Tiger Woods is back in the headlines for all the right reasons but he is remaining grounded ahead of this weekends Arnold Palmer Invitational.
The 14-time major winner finished the Valspar Championship one stroke behind winner 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.
This week, Woods turns his attention to the prestigious course at Bay Hill which has been a happy hunting ground for the former world number one. Woods has claimed the silverware on no less than eight occasions, most recently in 2013 which was his last time around the Florida course.
Nonetheless, Woods is remaining realistic ahead of the event…
"Just because I won here eight times, it doesn't mean I'm going to win this week automatically," the 42-year-old told Sky Sports.
"I have still got to do the work. I have still got to go through the process of getting myself in position, but I understand this golf course, I've played it under so many different varying conditions.
"I've got to do some serious homework though and really get to know and get the feel of how this golf course is playing this particular year, considering I haven't played here in five years!"
— Arnold Palmer Inv. (@APinv) March 12, 2018
Woods – who underwent three back surgeries – went on to say that he is still learning what his new body allows him to do and he has not reached peak performance just yet.
"Each and every week I've learned from what I've done and more importantly I'm learning my body," he continued.
"I'm learning how I can swing it and not swing it. My recovery, these are all things that are new. So I'm still learning, I'm getting a lot better at it, which is nice. I think that you're starting to see the fruits of that now, of the little tweaks I've made, and I'm excited about it.
"It [getting back in contention] has been quick but still I have to say just to enjoy all of this because, at one point, that wasn't even a thought."
The 53rd edition of the the Arnold Palmer Invitational tees off at Bay Hill Club and Lodge on Thursday.
Romain Langasque equals course record to lead Alfred Dunhill Links Championship
The Frenchman recovered from an early bogey with two eagles and eight birdies to reach 11 under par.
Rory McIlroy bemoans ‘ugly year’ and seeks solution to divide in golf world
The arrival of Saudi-backed LIV Golf series has fractured the game in 2022.
On this day in 2014 – Europe retain Ryder Cup with Gleneagles victory
The Gleneagles victory was Europe’s eighth win in 10 matches.
‘Is this where I am going to die?’ Nicolas Colsaerts on kidney disorder battle
The Belgian is the focus of attention this week as he belatedly defends the Cazoo Open de France title he won three years ago.
On this day in 2008: Ryder Cup misery in Louisville for Nick Faldo’s Europe team
Faldo was heavily criticised for his tactics in the closing singles.
Open champion Cameron Smith wins first LIV trophy in just second start
The world number two is the highest-ranked player to join the rebel series.
Robert MacIntyre beats Matt Fitzpatrick in play-off to win Italian Open
MacIntyre birdied the first extra hole at Marco Simone Golf and Country Club, the venue for next year’s Ryder Cup.
Matt Fitzpatrick holds narrow lead ahead of final round at Italian Open
Rory McIlroy and Aaron Rai are one shot off the pace.
Rory McIlroy picks up the pace to claim lead ahead of Matt Fitzpatrick in Rome
McIlroy’s group looked unlikely to complete their second rounds after taking three hours to play nine holes.
Matt Fitzpatrick leads way at Italian Open despite ‘inconsistent’ display
The US Open champion held a one-shot lead over fellow Englishman Tom Lewis,