Resurgent Woods has his 'feels back' at Bay Hill

The Punter's In-Play Blog: Stenson showing the way at Bay Hill

Tiger Woods seeks an unprecedented ninth triumph at the Arnold Palmer Invitational starting Thursday, the 14-time major champion hoping to find top form on one of his favorite courses.

Woods had already mounted a spirited fightback from a double-bogey at the third - his 12th - with two birdies in three holes before blocking his tee shot to the par-three seventh and leaving himself a tough two-putt from the fringe.

"Very eager", Woods said, "I feel like I'm physically able to do it again and it's going to be a lot of fun".

Woods not only feels supremely confident on the track, but cherishes the time spent with Palmer, who traditionally greeted the tournament victor on the last green in the city Woods formerly called home. "I've been away from it for so long that, when I first came back it was just a matter of getting my feel for tournament golf again", he said.

"It's just playing tournament golf".

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But Woods responded with birdies on three of the next four holes, sinking a four-footer at the par-5 fourth and a three-footer at the par-5 sixth to set the stage for his greatest putt of them all.

"From the time I first won there, to the other times I won the Green Jacket".

The 42-year-old finished second to England's Paul Casey in the Valspar Championship on Sunday and carried on where he left off in Orlando with an opening 68 to lie four shots behind clubhouse leader Henrik Stenson.

He had started the day by posting his first bogey-free nine-hole performance of the young season.

Having tried on several occasions to reignite his fledgling career only for further injury setbacks to bring any attempted comebacks to a shuddering and painful halt, many were beginning to think that we had seen the last of one of the finest golfers of a generation. The electricity that courses through the crowds when Woods is playing well, he added, "just seems to kind of elevate, and for some reason it just kind of gets me going". "Just take a different perspective over it is all I'm asking".

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