Watch out Rory, Woods is back to his best

Sam Torrance
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TIGER Woods is playing his best golf for five years. His win at the WGC Cadillac Championship in Doral on Sunday might have only been by two shots in the end, but he was totally in control for four days.

His ball striking, short game and putting was superb.

He’s now only a point behind world No1 Rory McIlroy in the world rankings and we’re certainly seeing more than just shades of the old, all-conquering Tiger again.

If Woods retired tomorrow he would go down as one of the best players to ever play the game – probably in the top three.

But I think there is still plenty of top golf to come from him. He won three tournaments in 2012 and after a really testing few years off the course, with Achilles, knee and back injuries, plus his divorce, he’s come through that. It’s down to lots of hard work and determination.

Neither Woods nor McIlroy are set to play this weekend, but that doesn’t surprise me.

They will have schedules planned out a month or more in advance and you cannot plan your form.

A potential loss of momentum will not be on the minds of either player.

They will have made plans built around next month’s Masters tournament and McIlroy will know what is right for him.

He has said he will only play once before he tees off in Augusta on 11 April, but that won’t be a problem.

If McIlroy had missed several cuts then he might try to squeeze in an extra tournament, but that is not the case.

It was nice to see McIlroy play so well on the final day in Doral and finish in the top eight. He played an exemplary final round, carding 65, and it was a good recovery after a poor first round.

Sam Torrance OBE is a multiple Ryder Cup-winning golfer and media commentator. Follow him on Twitter @torrancesam