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Woods heading back to familiar haunts -- Bay Hill

Posted on: March 5, 2012 5:18 pm
Edited on: March 5, 2012 6:00 pm

By Steve Elling 

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- With these two in the field, it won’t matter much that many of the top internationals aren't heading to Orlando in two weeks.

Tiger Woods announced Monday that he will play at the Arnold Palmer Invitational later this month, joining another popular past champion, Phil Mickelson, in the event hosted by the legendary golfer and tournament namesake.

Woods has titles at the Bay Hill Club & Lodge in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2008 and 2009. He was T24 last year and won the first of his three consecutive U.S. Junior titles there.

It's a busy stretch for the former world No. 1, now ranked 16th globally. He will have played four times in six weeks by the end of the Masters in April.

Mickelson posted on his website last week that he was playing at Bay Hill, where he won in 1997. The tournament starts March 22.

Though it won't be formally announced until Wednesday, Woods will play in Orlando's Tavistock Cup on March 19-20 at Lake Nona, representing the six-man team from Albany, a course in the Bahamas. There are four six-man teams in the event and the full rosters will be released Wednesday.

Rory McIlroy, the newly minted world No. 1, is taking three weeks off after competing this week at the Cadillac Championship outside Miami, where Woods and Mickelson also are entered. Several other top international players instead are playing the week after Bay Hill, in Houston, as a tune-up to the Masters, including Lee Westwood.

Woods and Mickelson were paired in the final round at Pebble Beach last month, where Mickelson shot 64 to come from six strokes back to win.

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Since: Aug 17, 2009
Posted on: March 6, 2012 12:08 am

Woods heading back to familiar haunts -- Bay Hill

May be he doesn't want to win the public back.. May be he just wants to win golf tourneys. Look, he is not looking to win popularity contests...I am a fan of Tiger, wishing he wins again.. but that does not mean I condone Tiger's or any other player's disrespectful behaviour on the course.. Having said that, I have a real tough time with guys who seem to live and die with Tiger's behaviour.. and indeed contorting Tiger's reactions.. To say he dressed down the media?.. If u mean the reaction to questions on Haney's book, then well how Tiger responded to the journo was tottaly correct.. He answered the question, the journo kept repeating... and why should TW respond and give publicity to some book written in a cheap manner. Go Tiger!.. And I have to get back to work now... yes, we TW fans do other  things as well!

Since: Jan 16, 2010
Posted on: March 5, 2012 10:09 pm

Woods heading back to familiar haunts -- Bay Hill

I have a real tough time with guys that seem to live and die with everything Tiger does good, bad, or indifferent. What happened between Tiger and his wife is their business and no interest of mine.  In addition I admire
the mans skill to hit a ball into a hole better that anyone has done in the past 15 years. What bothers me though is Tigers conduct on and off of the course that those that support Tiger go out of there way to ignore his child like behavior. He makes news before the event starts by dressing down the media. The guy refuses to sign autographs for his young fans, the guy continues to smash clubs and drop F bombs left and right and his entittlement attitude is a joke for someone approaching the age of 40. If you want to win the public back Tiger grow up and treat the game and the fans that made you with the respect they deserve.

Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: March 5, 2012 9:59 pm

Woods heading back to familiar haunts -- Bay Hill

If you, like me, are sick to death of these "Tiger Eggs Tiger Tiger Bacon and Tiger" posts, check out the Message Boards where I have posted some super cool late-breaking news about Rory McIlroy.  He's up in the Big Apple trying his hand at another sport in Madison Square Garden.

Rory is the Story.

Since: Nov 12, 2011
Posted on: March 5, 2012 9:35 pm

Woods heading back to familiar haunts -- Bay Hill

Get a life DUDE you must wait all week to see the Cablinasian fool!!!!   You should go on and re-watch his 62 and throw a party wow Tiger Boy is unreal huh?  He is a dude that belongs in the NBA with all of the convicts!!!

Since: Feb 28, 2012
Posted on: March 5, 2012 6:51 pm

Woods heading back to familiar haunts -- Bay Hill

I agree that Bay Hill would be a fitting venue for his first full field victory on his "upswing".  I suppose if he happens to win the WGC he will be criticized by his detractors because it isn't "full field", despite the limited field being as deep as it is! As much as I like comback stories I can't wait for TW to shut some people up - or at least slow them down. And even thpough WGC is elite I think i would rather see him win Arnie's tourney first combacker. 

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: March 5, 2012 5:56 pm

Woods heading back to familiar haunts -- Bay Hill

Woods seems to really like this course, and gets along well with Arnie.  Bay Hill would be a fitting place for the first full-field win of this comeback.  Palmer's courses are built for a player like Woods.  He has enough length to get past or just go over most of the trouble Arnie likes to put on his courses, and makes most of his mistakes into areas where you don't have to pay quite as much on a typical Palmer course.  

This could be like a "Grand Re-Opening" ceremony.  It would be nice to see Arnie being the first to congratulate Tiger on Sunday.

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