Woods upbeat after another top-five finish
Rory McIlroy may have stolen the show at Bay Hill on Sunday, but Tiger Woods still had plenty to smile about.
Woods believes his game showed further signs of improvement, and after yet another consistent performance and a top-five result – just a week after finishing runner-up at the Valspar – even the toughest cynics must be starting to realise his comeback is the real deal.
10th consecutive round of par or better. 💪🐅 pic.twitter.com/BhJY3NkBxf
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) March 18, 2018
Woods was briefly on contention on Sunday thanks to three front-nine birdies before McIlroy produced that blistering finish to take it away from him. Two late bogeys would see him finish well off McIlroy's pace, but a final-round 69 was more than respectable – as was the fact that only four golfers in the field finished better off.
"If you would have asked me at the beginning of the year that I would have had a chance to win two golf tournaments, I would have taken that in a heartbeat," Woods said.
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) March 18, 2018
"Even though I got up there (the leaderboard), I just knew I needed to keep making birdies. I figured I had to play the last three holes in 3-under to have a chance of probably forcing a play-off.
"I felt pretty good out there."
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) March 19, 2018
"I felt pretty good out there. I hit the ball probably a little bit better than I did last week. The greens were really smooth but really fast and I thought I really putted well this week."
Reflecting on the out-of-bounds tee shot that led to the first of two bogeys on the back nine, Woods said he was caught between shots and made the wrong decision.
"I was caught (between shots)," Woods added. "I didn't decide what I was going to do. If I hit driver I got to fit it, I've got to cut it in there.
"In the back of my mind, I said 'why don't you just bomb it over the top?'. It was like a 315, 320-yard carry. I bailed out and hit a bad shot and that's on me for not committing."
Woods also took to Twitter after his round to share some positive thoughts about his performance.
It was a great two weeks of being in contention again. I feel like I'm getting a little better. Great playing by Rory today to win at the King's place. Arnie would have been proud of golf today and the charges!!!
— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) March 19, 2018
“It was a great two weeks of being in contention again,” said Woods. “I feel like I’m getting a little better. Great playing by Rory today to win at the King’s place. Arnie would have been proud of golf today and the charges!!!”
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