Tiger Woods focused on enjoying return to form: 'I'm still learning'


Tiger Woods plays his shot from the fifth tee during the final round of the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines South on 28 January, 2018 in San Diego, California.

Woods has won the Invitational eight times, and CBS Sports pundit Luke Elvy told Radio Sport he believed Woods had to be the favourite at the event this week. After that Monday finish, Fowler, who finished T-3, remembers sitting in the locker room with Woods, Arnold Palmer, Palmer's longtime press secretary Doc Giffin and a few others.

For both players, it's getting close to "Last Chance Saloon" in their bids to secure Masters spots and give Sandy Lyle some company at Augusta on the 30th anniversary of him becoming the first British player to claim a Green Jacket.

Day is joined in the elite Arnold Palmer Invitational field by defending champion and fellow Australian Marc Leishman, as well as countryman Adam Scott, Cameron Smith, Curtis Luck and Stuart Appleby.

"We have grown over the last few years as these new players have come forward, but nobody has produced more compelling television in sport over the last 20 years than Tiger Woods", added Monahan.

"We know what Tiger's like when he gets that winning confidence again, it's like a tiger gets the smell of blood, the smell of fear in everyone else and all of a sudden it just dominates".

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"I've put in some hard work and my body feels good, so I'm refreshed and ready to go". I wanted - I just left it. "We sat down, we just started to BS and have a great time together and I'm going to miss those times, for sure".

But Woods was able to show some of the golfing brilliance that saw him win 79 Tour titles and more than $350m in prize money.

That was the year of his last PGA Tour title, but hopes are high that he can end that drought as well as win a first Major since 2008 at the April 5-8 Masters.

Known as one of Tiger Woods' friends off the course, Day was watching the 14-time major champion try to get back in the winner's circle last week. "Just keep making incremental improvements and I think I've done that", he said. I'm learning how I can swing it and not swing it. A auto ride over here, get a little tight, I need to get warm, keep moving and be ready to be explosive'. I mean back in the day when you're watching you're like, oh my gosh, he pulled that off sort of thing.

"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.

"Just me being out there on those greens and hitting putts and being creative. there's no other golf course like it in the world and there's no other golf tournament like it".