Monday, 19 November, 2018

Tiger Woods: Odds slashed as American cut to favourite for Masters 2018

Lining it up Tiger Woods is favourite for the Arnold Palmer Invitational after an impressive display at the Valspar Championship Lining it up Tiger Woods is favourite for the Arnold Palmer Invitational after an impressive display at the Valspar Championship
Eugene Bates | 16 March, 2018, 05:07

Tiger Woods' captivating injury comeback has reached fever pitch, and the 14-time major victor is now outright favourite to win next month's Masters.

Starting his round at the 10th hole at the Orlando course, Woods fired several stunning approach shots and jagged birdies at the 12th, 13th and 16th.

After all, he missed the cut with a pair of 74s at the Valspar Championship, and his only other PGA Tour start this year came back in October at the WGC-HSBC Champions. Woods immediately pressed his hand down, asking for the ball to slow down, and then watched it drop for a most unlikely birdie. After a pair of pars at Nos.

He went back to the tee, sprayed the next tee shot under a tree and made double bogey.

Having tried on several occasions to reignite his fledgling career only for further injury setbacks to bring any attempted comebacks to a shuddering and painful halt, many were beginning to think that we had seen the last of one of the finest golfers of a generation.

Tiger Woods sank a 71-foot putt for birdie Thursday to take the lead at Bay Hill.

On the eve of the Bay Hill tournament Woods was named as US captain for the next Presidents Cup, a role usually reserved for veterans at the end of their career. In fact, it's probably best to just skip the whole dang day and don't even put up with the pretense of looking productive.

"To be able to win this tournament and to have Arnold there and to shake his hand and for him to give me a big hug and a couple of times he says: 'I called it, I knew you were going to make that putt'". He holed a wedge from 132 yards on the 18th for an eagle, matching his best score at Bay Hill.

The Masters begins on April 5. Instead, it was meant to be Monday and Tuesday. The kids are with their grandparents skiing in Utah. "I'm happy with the start, and would like to build on that", said Stenson, who required only 20 putts.

He had two days at Augusta National, didn't have a practice round at Bay Hill and felt right at home. "Just hit the shots". "The narrative has completely flipped from how you guys ask me questions, and I just wanted to remind you guys that it wasn't that long ago that you were asking a different set of questions and that you need to enjoy it".

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