Arnold Palmer Invitational: Jason Day confident after early-year success

Arnold Palmer Invitational: Jason Day confident after early-year success

But when asked how, after four back surgeries, he managed to produce a top club head speed of 129 miles per hour last week-the highest by any player on the PGA Tour this season-he had no explanation.

Now he's the odds-on favorite to win Arnold Palmer's tournament this week at Bay Hill, where he has won eight times.

He's set to tee off again at this week's Arnold Palmer Invitational on March 15, and in the build up to tournament he revealed how he's managed such an unexpectedly impressive return to the top. I feel like I'm physically able to do it again and it's going be a lot of fun. He's even putting well and is now 11th on the Tour in stokes gained, an astounding statistic for player whose injuries made him a shadow of the golfer he once was. The next stop on his remarkable road to recovery from four years' worth of back trouble is the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

The 42-year-old Woods had a long relationship with seven-times major victor Palmer, who died in September 2016 aged 87. The first round, you're sitting there you're like, OK, you get off and I think you're one-under through five or six holes and I'm like, I just knew something was going to happen I'm like I just sat there and I said the momentum's starting to switch the other way. I have still got to do the work.

"I keep saying, 'Just enjoy this.' ..."

Day was something of a forgotten man late last season, but the Australian star is back on the map entering this week's PGA Tour event, having won the Farmers Insurance Open in January.

Tiger Woods: He's the bookies favourite at the moment, and after following his T12 at the Honda Classic with a chance to force a play-off on the 72nd hole of the Valspar Championship, there's a feeling he's got a chance to win his 80th PGA Tour title this week. That means a $100 bet would net $600 in profit should Woods win this weekend. Just keep making incremental improvements. each and every week, I've learnt from what I've done and more importantly I'm learning my body. I'm learning how I can swing it and not swing it. these are all things that are new. "I've still got to go through the process of getting myself in position". If you would have asked me this at the Presidents Cup past year [in September at Liberty National], I didn't know. However, two missed cuts in his last four events have left the 28-year-old needing a timely confidence boost.

"[It's been] very frustrating, because I love playing Augusta National".

"Just me being out there on those greens and hitting putts and being creative. there's no other golf course like it in the world and there's no other golf tournament like it".