Sunday 19 November 2017

Tiger eyes familiar glory trail

Tiger Woods has committed to playing in next week's Arnold Palmer Invitational in what will be his final tune-up ahead of the US Masters.

Woods, who has not won a tournament since the Australian Masters in 2009, will try to end the title drought on one of his favourite layouts, having won six times at the Bay Hill Club and Lodge, including four straight titles from 2000.

"I've always loved playing there," Woods said. "It's just so cool. It's as good as it gets."

Woods, who is undergoing another torturous swing overhaul, posted his first top-10 finish in a PGA Tour event since June at Doral last week when he tied for 10th at the WGC-Cadillac Championship.

Meanwhile, Costantino Rocca hopes the inaugural Sicilian Open, which gets under way today, will help Italy to continue developing into a major force in world golf.

Colin Montgomerie and Michael Campbell head the field for the tournament at the Donnafugata Golf Resort & Spa, which will the first European Tour event of the year to be played on European soil.

Rocca, first Italian to play in the Ryder Cup in 1993, will also be among the competitors -- and the 54-year-old says it is time Italy was able to boast another high-profile tournament.

Italy has produced three of the most exciting talents in the game with the emergence of Edoardo and Francesco Molinari and Matteo Manassero (17).

"It's very important for golf in Italy that we have another European Tour event as well as the BMW Italian Open," said Rocca.

"Having these tournaments helps young Italian players come through and see the best players in action."

Martin Kaymer leads a strong field -- which also includes Padraig Harrington -- at the Transitions Championship, which starts today on the third stop on the PGA Tour's Florida Swing.

Sicilian Golf Open

Live, Sky Sports 2, 9.30am

Transitions Championship

Live, Sky Sports 3, 9.0pm

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