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Tiger Woods doesn't know how he's getting massive clubhead speeds

14 March 2018

The four-time Masters champion has seen his odds of winning another green jacket shorten after a fine showing at the Valspar Championship, where he finished one stroke shy of victor Paul Casey.

"Unfortunately I just didn't quite feel as sharp as I needed to with my irons, played a little conservative because of it", Woods told reporters at Innisbrook Resort in Palm Harbor.

Paul Cassey managed to hold off the 14-time Major champion with Woods needing to birdie the 18th to force a play-off.

The 53rd edition of the the Arnold Palmer Invitational tees off at Bay Hill Club and Lodge on Thursday.

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"To be able to win this tournament and to have Arnold there and to shake his hand and for him to give me a big hug and a couple of times he says: 'I called it, I knew you were going to make that putt'". "I've still got to do the work".

"I have still got to go through the process of getting myself in position, but I understand this golf course, I've played it under so many different varying conditions". This is the 25th anniversary of the last time Arnold Palmer made the cut on the PGA Tour. Woods has attracted the most bets at the Westgate and co-favorites Dustin Johnson and Justin Thomas were the only golfers with lower odds at 8/1.

So who has the best chance of lifting the trophy this week?

But who should you be keeping your eye on in particular?

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It would be one of the most remarkable comebacks in sporting history given all of Woods' injury and personal crises. An eight-time victor here, and is now ranked 5th for scoring average, 8th for putts per round and 11th for total Strokes Gained. Justin Rose is the only player from the top five in the world in the field.

The purse has been increased slightly from past year, with a total of $8.9 million up for grabs. Finished 4th here in his first appearance here past year.

"So for him to come back and to be performing very well and for him to come back and the relatablility and appreciation that he has for being out there and being back in that environment with all these great young stars -- I think that is what is so compelling to people". Best stats are that he ranks 10th for birdie average and 12th for putting. "He's got to deal with all those feelings again".

Emiliano Grillo: Led last week's Hero Indian Open before having a nightmare third round, but still finished 6th, which followed a T8 before that at the Honda Classic. His form in 2018 so far, though, is far from impressive.

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But the latest PGA Tour event, which starts today at Bay Hill in Orlando, is another in a line of fascinating appetisers for the first of the four main courses thi s season.

Tiger Woods doesn't know how he's getting massive clubhead speeds