Tiger Woods believes he has a “chance” of glory at the Valspar Championship and admits he is “getting a little bit better” on the course.
Tiger Woods feels his game is coming together well to challenge for honours after moving into a share of second place at the halfway stage of the Valspar Championship (Woods 4/1 fav Outright Betting).
The 42-year-old is playing his fourth tournament of the season after an injury-ravaged few years that has seen the 14-time major winner undergo several operations on his back.
Things seemed to be shaping up after he managed a tied-12th finish at the Honda Classic last time out and Friday’s 68 at Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club means he will begin his third round in a share of second place on four-under par.
The Florida resident carded a pair of birdies on both the front nine and after the turn but blotted his copybook with a bogey at his final hole.
Nevertheless, Woods seemed upbeat after his round and confessed that he is feeling more comfortable on the course week by week.
“I’m getting a feel for it, finding the rhythm of rounds and not having a problem posting scores,” he said. “I’ve got a chance going into the weekend.
“I keep getting a little bit better here and there, making these subtle tweaks. I needed a little bit more tournament time in and I’ve done that.”
Canada’s Corey Conners (12/1) leads the field on -6, while Woods has Paul Casey (7/1), Brandt Snedeker (12/1), Ryan Palmer (25/1) and Kelly Kraft (35/1) for company two shots back.
England’s Justin Rose (7/1) is in a group of five players on -3 but fellow Ryder Cup star Rory McIlroy will not participate at the weekend after a 73 saw him end up on five-over and miss the cut.
Other big-name casualties included Jordan Spieth, Gary Woodland and Jason Dufner but there is no doubt that Woods will be the main attraction over the final 36 holes.
Odds subject to change.