Tiger Woods upbeat after Bay Hill display


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Former world number one Tiger Woods says he is delighted to be challenging for victory once again after finishing in a tie for fifth at the Arnold Palmer Invitational on Sunday.

Woods, who ended up joint second at the Valspar Championship ahead of last week’s event at Bay Hill, went into the final 18 holes five shots behind Swedish leader Henrik Stenson.

The 14-time Major winner, who is 9.50 joint-favourite to win the Masters at Augusta National next month, carded a three-under-par 69 on Sunday to finish alongside fellow American Ryan Moore in fifth on -10.

Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy, also priced at 9.50 to win the coveted Green Jacket in Georgia, stormed to the title after a brilliant eight-under-par 64 helped him to a three-shot win. American Bryson DeChambeau finished second on -15 whilst Englishman Justin Rose, whose last victory came at the 2017 Turkish Airlines Open, was a further stroke back on -14.

The Masters is just around the corner and Woods, who has won the first Major of the season four times, says he is feeling good about his game after continuing his comeback from injury.

“If you would have asked me at the beginning of the year that I would have had a chance to win two golf tournaments, I would have taken that in a heartbeat,” he was quoted as saying by Sky Sports.

“I felt pretty good out there. I hit the ball probably a little bit better than I did last week. The greens were really smooth but really fast and I thought I really putted well this week.”

World number one Dustin Johnson 10.00 to win the Masters while fellow Americas Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas are both priced at 12.00.

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