Tiger Woods warned Rory McIlroy he has got the Northern Irishman’s world No.1 spot in his sights after winning on his first start of the PGA season.
Woods topped the final leaderboard by four shots to claim his seventh Farmers Insurance Open title at Torrey Pines’ South Course in California, the course of the last of his 14 majors wins, the 2008 US Open.
After lifting his 75th PGA Tour titleWoods admitted he was ‘excited’ about the year ahead when he hopes to re-establish himself as the world number one.
“That happens through a product of winning golf tournaments,”said Woods, who last sat on top of the rankings in October 2010.
“That’s how I got there in the first place, that’s how he [McIlroy] got there. It’s winning golf tournaments, being consistent. Your bad weeks are going to be top-tens and when you win, you win. And you’ve got to be consistently winning. In order for me to get back there, that’s what I have to do, and this is a nice start.”
Woods has been working on a new swing with coach Sean Foley and added, “I’m excited about this year. I’m excited about what I was able to do last year and win three times, coming from where I came from. Then I felt really good about the things that we’re doing and how my game was progressing.”
The 37-year-old has won his season-opener six times in the past, and on each occasion has gone on to win at least one major.
However, asked if he’d upped his expectations, he replied, ‘They’re the same. To go out there and win every tournament I play in. That hasn’t changed.
“I’m the same out there. First tee shot, I’m all go. I’m trying to shoot the lowest score I possibly can. I’m trying to beat everyone in the field, and that hasn’t changed and it won’t change. That’s the mentality I have.”