Woods reclaims world No.1 spot and targets 15th major

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14-time major champion, Tiger Woods, has returned to the top of golf's world rankings for the first time since October 2010, after winning the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Florida.

The 37-year-old put together a final round of 70 on Sunday, to finish the tournament on 13 under par - two shots clear of Justin Rose - claiming his eighth title at Bay Hill, equalling Sam Snead's record of wins at a single PGA Tour event.

Woods's third competition win of 2013 knocks Rory Mcllroy off number one spot, and with the Masters a little over two weeks away, the American will go into the first major of the season at Augusta in bullish mood.

"I've turned some of the weaknesses that I had last year into strengths," he told Sky Sports. "I'm really excited about the rest of this year.

"The very beginning of the year I was excited because of how the end of last year turned. My short game came around, I thought my swing was getting better, my short irons got better, lo and behold, I won a few tournaments this year."

Success in Orlando was a day to savour for Woods, who had dipped outside the world's top 50 at one point, due to a combination of loss of form, injury and personal problems over the past few years.

His battle to re-establish himself amongst golfing's elite has been a long and arduous journey, and even now, some doubters still remain.

"It's up to them. It's their opinion," reflected Woods, when asked if he thought he'd have to win one of the four major championships this year. "I'm very pleased with the way I'm playing.

"It was a by-product of hard work, patience and getting back to playing golf tournaments. I've won some golf tournaments in the last couple of years and consequently I've moved up."

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