Published: Fri, March 16, 2018
Sport | By Stuart Potter

Tiger looks for ninth win at Bay Hill

Tiger looks for ninth win at Bay Hill

But the four-time Masters champion is a $10 top pick for the year's first major, ahead of Johnson, fellow American superstars Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth and the likes of Rory McIlroy and Jason Day.

But Woods bounced back in trademark fashion with three birdies on the home stretch iced highlighted by a stunning 71-foot birdie putt he drained from off the green at the par-3 seventh.

Aaron Wise and Talor Gooch are locked in second at seven under after firing 65s. Goydos has 11 more years and seven fewer Arnold Palmer Invitational titles than Woods, whose quick return to championship form Goydos had all but predicted last November.

Woods starts on the back 9 with Hideki and Day, who have both played with him in the past.

Whether coach Michael Bannon has managed to iron out the timing issue that's affected his swing in recent weeks remains to be seen but, as far as the bookies are concerned, Woods is the favourite this week - surely a first for the world's 149th-ranked player going into a PGA Tour event.

"It was little things like that. sharing jokes with him out there on the green and he and I laughing".

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"I still have to be careful because you never know once you have an injury when it will jump back up and bite you". I've had some success under different conditions too, so that's always kind of a feather in the cap when I come to a golf course where I've had some success over the years, this is one of them.

Coming off a tie for second at last week's Valspar Championship, Woods has raced into a share of the lead midway through the opening round at Florida's famed Bay Hill course.

He closed with a 12-foot putt to save par from the bunker.

"I figured I might as well play", Walker said.

That performance saw some bookmakers install the 14-time major victor as a joint-favourite for the upcoming Masters alongside world number one Dustin Johnson, but Woods was keen to avoid getting carried away with the hype. They go at 8:23 a.m. ET, giving you plenty of time to ignore more of your work before you check out for the NCAA tournament around lunchtime.

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