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Friday 24 October 2014

The Punter: Tiger shows signs of a return to form

Not many would have taken odds of 13-8 about Tiger Woods not remaining as the world’s number one in 2009.

The master of the golf course was as short as 4-7 not to be knocked off his perch.

But now that is a strong possibility as he stands only 0.2 points ahead of Phil Mickelson and Paddy Power go 5-1 that ‘Lefty’ will be top of the pile by the end of the Houston Open next week.

Woods has been number one for the best part of four years but has done little since his knee operation after his US Open win last June.

Tiger is in the Arnold Palmer Invitational starting line-up in Orlando, Florida tomorrow and if he finished out of the top two and Mickelson wins in Houston, then the top two will flip-flop.

Woods is currently 5-2 to strike back with a victory in Florida, only his third event since that operation, but it’s not a bad price considering that he has shown some signs of a return to form and does not have Mickelson, world number three Sergio Garcia and fourth-placed Geoff Ogivly currently top of the US money list, to worry about.

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