Woods wins and targets Masters glory
Bring on The Masters - so says Tiger Woods and so says anyone who saw him return to winning ways by five shots on Sunday night.
Woods left Graeme McDowell and Ian Poulter, second and third respectively, trailing in his wake as he took an amazing seventh Arnold Palmer Invitational title at Bay Hill. It was his first official PGA Tour victory for 30 months. The first therefore since his sex scandal hit the headlines in November 2009.
The former world number one is now back up to sixth in the rankings after falling outside the top 50 last autumn, but there could be sweeter to come at Augusta next week. Woods will be chasing his 15th major, but first since the 2008 US Open, and he said after his closing 70: "I am excited, there's no doubt."
He added: "It's always fun to get there and play and I'm looking forward to the momentum I've built up here."
"I still need some work, and it's going to be good to get a week off and work on a few things.
"I enjoyed the progression we made this week. Each day there was a little bit of fine-tuning here and there, and we were able to make those adjustments, which was good, and especially with the conditions getting more difficult on the weekend.
"I was able to hit some really good shots the last two days, and that's a very good sign going into Augusta."
Woods had people to thank too.
"It's been a lot of hard work and I'm so thankful for a lot of people helping me out along the way. They all know who they are," he said.