Tiger Woods produced his best round of golf in over two years on Sunday and said it is just a matter of time before he wins on the PGA Tour again.
Woods shot an eight-under 62 at the Honda Classic to finish two strokes behind winner Rory McIlroy.
It was his best final-round score and while not enough to dislodge new world number one McIlroy at the top of the leaderboard, it left 14-times major winner Woods a happy man.
“I’ve been close to shooting this score, or scores like this. And it was just a matter of time before things all fell into place,” he admitted.
Not surprisingly, Woods is talking about his troubles in the past tense as he switches his focus to Doral this week for the WGC-Cadillac Championship.
“I think I just need the time. I switched coaches and I got hurt for most of last year, and I started putting the pieces together.
“Overall, my finishes have been pretty good since Australia on. And it was just a matter of keep building, keep sticking with it, the process.
“Each tournament I’ve progressed, I’ve gotten better. And it’s just a matter of time before I put it all together for an entire tournament,” he said.
Woods came into the tournament at the PGA National concerned about his putting problems but after taking 34 putts in the opening round, he never had more than 28 the rest of the week. On Sunday he took just 26.
And his mind is already moving forward to the Masters in April and the possibility of a fifth win at Augusta. “I’m thrilled at the fact that each and every week, my game has gotten better. Each tournament it’s gotten better, and that’s the whole idea heading into April.
Meanwhile bookmakers William Hill have installed Woods and McIlroy as joint favourites for the Masters.
The Masters: 9/2 Tiger Woods, 9/2 Rory Mcllroy, 8/1 Phil Mickelson, 14/1 Lee Westwood, 16/1 Luke Donald, 25/1 Sergio Garcia, 28/1 Adam Scott, 33/1 Nick Watney, 33/1 Martin Kaymer, 33/1 Dustin Johnson, 33/1 Hunter Mahan, 33/1 Charl Schwartzel, 33/1 Jason Day, 33/1 Webb Simpson, 40/1 Matt Kuchar, 40/1 Rickie Fowler, 40/1 Steve Stricker, 40/1 Keegan Bradley.
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