Guess who’s peaking just in time for the trip down Magnolia Lane? Tiger Woods earned his first PGA Tour win since 2009 with a dominant showing at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, his seventh win at Bay Hill. The “process” that we’ve heard so much about — and occasionally mocked, if we’re being honest — seems to have borne fruit at just the right time.
Every aspect of Woods’ game is better than it’s been in a long, long time. Tiger leads the Tour in total driving, ranking 20th in distance and 14th in accuracy. He’s hitting 3-woods stingers 300 yards off the tee. His speed on the greens was flawless at Bay Hill, and he made his share of clutch putts, the most glaring flaw in his game of late. In fact, he ranks 10th on Tour in strokes gained, putting. After a brief Achilles scare, his body seems hale and hearty.
Most importantly, though, he’s confident on the course again. The mental toughness that seemed to have deserted Woods is back in full bloom, and he’s enjoying the game like he hasn’t done in years. All in all, a dangerous combination heading to Augusta. Consider him the favorite at The Masters.
"I’ve gone into Augusta with wins and without wins," he said. "You’re looking for one week, that’s all. You know, just hopefully everything comes together for that one week.
"I understand how to play Augusta National, and it's just a matter of executing the game plan.
They made a couple little subtle changes out there, but overall the golf course is still basically the same. So looking forward to it."