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Woods returns to a special venue

Woods returns to a special venue

In his most exciting performance to date at Carnoustie in The Open Championship just a couple of weeks ago, Woods is now not alone in believing that a PGA Tour win isn't too far away.

The 42-year-old says he hasn't been more confident since his return from spinal fusion surgery last year, which forced a 10-month stint on the sidelines and legitimate thoughts of retirement.

"I've been hitting it good this year and the key is always to stay patient and to stick to the game plan".

"Early part of the summer, [I realised] if I played well, this is what I was going to have to endure, coming with a pretty big schedule at the very end", said Woods.

"It motivated me and I've definitely improved my game in the last few years". Unfortunately, I just didn't win.

The course record at Firestone is a 61 by a few guys, last by defending champion Hideki Matsuyama in the final round previous year. "I still need to train really hard and limit how much I do practice, the wear and tear on the body, because I'm going to be putting it through its paces in tournament play, which as we all know, we hit the ball harder in tournaments than we do in practice".

With eight victories between 1999 and 2013, Woods is the undisputed king of the Firestone Country Club course.

At 47th in the standings at the moment, chances are he will certainly be in the top 70 that make the BMW Championship.

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Meanwhile Woods, who has won this event eight times, including the first three times of this event's history.

That year he was also tied 4th at the Masters and tied 6th at the Open.

After winning six tournaments in 20 worldwide starts a year ago to contend for No. 1 in the world, Hideki Matsuyama returns to this World Golf Championship this week having fallen to No. 16 in the rankings. "I played myself into a great position".

"You know he's going to play well this week", American Justin Thomas said of Woods. If it does, imagine how high expectations will be for Woods at next week's PGA Championship. He and a few other Canadians are playing in the Barracuda Championship.

Three additional spots will be named by captain Jim Furyk following the Dell tournament, with the final spot scheduled to be announced after the BMW Championship, slated to be completed on September 9.

Tiger Woods walks off the fourth green during the third round of the 2018 Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow Club on May 5, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

When asked in his role as vice captain how he would assess himself as a player being picked for the team, Woods said: "What would be the word?".