Bay Hill's been good to Tiger, just not lately
ORLANDO, Fla. -- The notion of Tiger Woods even threatening Byron Nelson's long-believed untouchable record of 11 straight PGA Tour victories seems preposterous until you look at the schedule.Every tournament Woods figures to play between now and the U.S. Open is at a venue where he has already won a tournament. So you can see why some are giddy over the prospect of Woods continuing his winning streak right through Torrey Pines and tying Lord Byron. But that enthusiasm is somewhat tempered when you look closely at this week's Arnold Palmer Invitational, where Woods will attempt to win his fourth start of the year, his third straight on the PGA Tour and fifth in a row dating to last season. The Bay Hill Club is generally regarded as Woods' playground, since he has won the tournament four times. Those four victories, however, came in from 2000 to 2003. Since then, he has finished no better than a tie for 20th, including last year, when he shot 43 on the back nine for a closing 76 and a tie for 22nd. That represents the longest active stretch of not finishing better than 20th in any tournament. Woods is not reading much into it.
"I just haven't played well, it's as simple as that," Woods said Wednesday after playing in the pro-am at the Bay Hill Club. "No ifs, ands or buts about it. I just have to play better and I just haven't done that the last few years.''Woods was in the middle of swing changes when he tied for 46th at Bay Hill in 2004, the year he won just one tournament. But he had monster years in 2005-07, when he won a total of 21 PGA Tour events, including five major championships. He just didn't get it done at Bay Hill.