Quick look at Arnold Palmer Invitational

Quick look at Arnold Palmer Invitational

This week, Woods turns his attention to the prestigious course at Bay Hill which has been a happy hunting ground for the former world No 1.

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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.

When the dust settled, Casey, long in the clubhouse with a 65 for 10-under 274, could finally celebrate his second victory on the PGA Tour.

All that, despite the emergence in Woods' absence of exciting young stars such as Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas. He's made the cut in three of the four PGA Tour events he's played and progressed in every one of them - tie for 23rd at Torrey Pines, 12th at the Honda and tie for second last week in Palm Harbor, Fla.

"Now he's reintroduced into the mix".

"It was a tough, tough road", Woods told CNN's Living Golf show in Dubai in February 2017 during a short-lived comeback.

While he fell narrowly short of victory, there was plenty of cause for optimism for Woods, who has not won a PGA Tour title since 2013, with his last major triumph coming in 2008. "As a whole I felt very good about what I did this week".

Tiger Woods is the favorite in Las Vegas once again.

How can it be possible heading into this week's Arnold Palmer Invitational that Tiger Woods is now heavily fancied by some to win a fifth Masters at the beginning of next month and Rory McIlroy has suddenly been written off by others?

"I'm sure he's excited to come back to Augusta, and it's a place where he's done well, so I would expect him to do fairly well".

"I keep saying, 'Just enjoy this.' ..."

"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!"

"The injuries that he had to overcome were significant and when you are talking about four back surgeries, I think a lot of people would assume that is an obstacle that one can't overcome", added Monahan.

"No one has a crystal ball, but it's a pretty neat spot for the PGA and the game of golf to be in", said Monahan.

He's also scorching up the world rankings and, after moving up 239 places to 149th this week (he was a career-low 970th in July last year), he could rise as high as 44th with a win this week and edge closer to a place on Jim Furyk's Ryder Cup team.

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