Woods thinking of Augusta at Honda Classic

Wed Feb 26, 2014 7:16pm EST
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(Reuters) - Tiger Woods, Adam Scott, Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy will play in the same tournament for the first time this year when they contest the Honda Classic starting in south Florida on Thursday.

The $6 million PGA Tour event used to be the weak link on the four-stop PGA Tour Florida swing, but no longer as a confluence of factors has brought the game's four biggest global stars together in Palm Beach Gardens.

Woods and McIlroy both now live locally, while Scott and Mickelson opted to skip the World Golf Championships Match Play event in Arizona last week (as did Woods), and instead will use this week as the springboard for their preparation for the Masters in April.

"Once we get to Florida, we're all thinking our way to Augusta," Woods told reporters at Palm Beach National on Wednesday.

He has played only two events this year, struggling by his own high standards both times, but he has at least three more tournaments to find his competitive legs before the first major of the year at Augusta National.

"I was pleasantly surprised by how well I was hitting it today," said Woods, whose form has prompted former British Open champion Ian Baker-Finch to suggest that the 14 times major champion stop worrying about swing intricacies and instead focus on finding his rhythm.

Woods suggested he is doing that to some extent.

"We're just working on the same things," Woods said of himself and coach Sean Foley.

"He's doing a lot of video and he's looking at it. I'm not really looking at it. I know what I need to do, the feels that are associated with certain parts of the video and I'm just focused on that. He focuses on a more technical level.   Continued...

Tiger Woods of the U.S.takes a shot on the 8th tee during the third round of the 2014 Omega Dubai Desert Classic in Dubai February 1, 2014. REUTERS/Caren Firouz