ORLANDO, Fla. – Tiger Woods has yet to contend on the back nine on a Sunday in a tournament this year, but Arnold Palmer won’t be surprised if Woods wins his event at Bay Hill this week for the seventh time.
“I feel like Tiger has the golf game that he can come to the surface at anytime, and I think there’s certainly a possibility here,” Palmer said in his news conference Wednesday. “He likes this golf course, and what we’ve done. I’m just not counting him out at all.”
Woods has improved his finishes in three starts this year, going from T-44 at the Farmers Insurance Open to T-20 at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic to T-10 at the WGC-Cadillac Championship.
Woods won four consecutive times at Bay Hill, from 2000 to 2003, and he won in 2008 and ’09. Woods did not defend his title last year as he made his way back from his personal woes.
“I think his swing changes, I don't know enough about what he's doing, whether he’s laying the club off and all that stuff. I'm not going to get into that because that's up to Tiger,” Palmer said. “But I think he's capable of winning.”