Sam Kouvaris: Tiger's back at Bay Hill

Paul Casey landed his first PGA Tour title for nine years on Sunday

Paul Casey landed his first PGA Tour title for nine years on Sunday

If you would have asked me this at the Presidents Cup previous year [in September at Liberty National], I didn't know.

Both players are now targeting a place in Thomas Bjørn's European Ryder Cup team in Paris in September, with the PGA Championship marking the start of a critical point in the qualification campaign, with points earned at European Tour events from the PGA Championship until Made in Denmark multiplied by 1.5 on both the world points List and the European point list.

Whether it's due to the resurgence of Woods and Phil Mickelson, or the continued brilliance of the likes of Justin Thomas and Jon Rahm, or the fact that he's only teed it up twice this year, Jason Day has flown very much under the radar - despite looking as though he's back to his best after a hard 2017. "I don't know! It just happened".

But who should you be keeping your eye on in particular?

"It's fine margins on courses like this and I was just on the wrong side of those margins the last couple weeks", he said.

Following four back surgeries and the better part of three years of competitive inactivity, Woods conceded on Tuesday that he's no longer capable of spending countless hours on the practice tee searching for answers. Rose, Day, Tommy Fleetwood and Alex Noren make up the rest of the top five, and all have been in superb form of late. Was T49 here a year ago, but does rank 8th in both SG Tee to Green and Off The Tee, as well as 3rd in scoring average.

Tiger scuffled with his approach shots in the final round at Valspar, but if he cleans that up, he could very well be looking at another win at Bay Hill. Finished 4th here in his first appearance here a year ago. Dustin Johnson (USA) 10.52 average pts 2. It was 28% higher viewership than the last time Tiger was that competitive in a tournament.

Emiliano Grillo: Led last week's Hero Indian Open before having a nightmare third round, but still finished 6th, which followed a T8 before that at the Honda Classic.

Henrik Stenson: His four starts in 2018 have been MC-T60-T6-8, so he'll be hoping to regain the form he had at the beginning of the year this week, and it's a venue he's typically performed well at.

There was widespread surprise at the Valspar Championship when Woods, who will play alongside Jason Day and Hideki Matsuyama in the first two rounds this week, recorded the fastest clubhouse speed seen on the PGA Tour this season with one of his drives. Still, he was T4 here past year and went T37-T11 in his previous two starts.

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