Arnold Palmer Invitational 2018

Woods enjoys upward curve as Bay Hill return beckons

Woods enjoys upward curve as Bay Hill return beckons

The API will be Woods' fifth PGA Tour start since he returned from major back surgery.

Matsuyama and Day have both had long layoffs despite successful seasons. The 42-year-old returns to Bay Hill for the first time since 2013, when he won the tournament to regain the top spot in the World Golf Rankings at the time.

The PGA Tour heads to Bay Hill Club & Lodge in Orlando, Fla. this week for the Arnold Palmer Invitational, and numerous biggest names in the game are in the field, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler, Jason Day and Hideki Matsuyama.

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Woods recorded the last of his record total of wins at Bay Hill earlier that year.

He's already been named as one of Furyk's vice-captains for September's match in Paris and according to the "Morning Read" in the United States, he and Ernie Els will be announced today as captains for the 2019 Presidents Cup in Melbourne.

The former world No. 1, Woods is ranked No. 149, up from 388 a week ago.

The world No 75 played well for the first two days at Innisbrook and will need to produce that kind of form for four days this week, or in Houston in a fortnight, if he's to move into the world's top 50 by April 1 and make a fourth successive trip down Magnolia Lane.

The Ulsterman's schedule was drawn up with The Masters in mind, but his form has dropped off alarmingly since he finished tied third in Abu Dhabi and second in Dubai in January.

Down to 13th in the world after being leapfrogged by victor Paul Casey, he is working with Michael Bannon to sort out a timing issue with his swing. Matsuyama is No. 3 on the PGA Tour in strokes gained this year, while Day is No. 6.

"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.