Woods enjoys upward curve as Bay Hill return beckons

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If you have any interest in golf, you're likely aware that after a couple years, myriad injury setbacks and other personal struggles, Tiger Woods had a stunning performance last weekend at the Valspar Championship, finishing second and almost walking away with the trophy.

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.

Marc Leishamn: The defending champ last finished T37 at the WGC Mexico, but he does have two top 10s in 2018 and came from behind to win previous year - so we'll not rule him out.

"I finally have got to a point where my back is good enough, where I can let my hands tell me what to do".

"I've been here before a few times, so I felt very comfortable".

Woods won the title in 2013―his eighth―and went on a steady decline in the following years, but 2018 has seen something of a resurgence for the 42-year-old. "If you would have asked me at the Presidents Cup past year [whether I would play on Tour again], I didn't know".

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"And so for me to go from not knowing whether or not I will ever be able to play the game again, to I might be able to play maybe at the Tour level, actually I might be able to make a couple of cuts, well I might be able to possibly get myself into the mix, oh, I'm in the mix. I love the course and love everything about it, and I would love to win another one".

Asked last week who he is seeking advice from after splitting with Como in December, Woods said he has "friends" look at his swing from time to time, most notably Notah Begay III, and occasionally uses video to make adjustments, but it's clear that he's drifted away from the long math and geometry of the past. "We sat down, we just started to BS and have a great time together and I'm going to miss those times, for sure".

And Woods is itching to return to one of his favourite venues. "I don't know! It just - it just happened".

"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. 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".

"Probably not the most significant win of my career, but it's certainly one of the most satisfying ones, the quality of the golf I played", said Casey, who has also won 13 times on the European Tour.