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March 12, 2013

Another big win ramps up expectations

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DORAL, Fla. —

Despite the up-and-down results at the start of the year, the big picture indicates an upward trend for Woods.

He went the last six months of 2012 without winning anywhere, and he didn’t register consecutive top 10s until the FedEx Cup playoffs in September. Even so, Woods finished off that season with five straight finishes in the top 10.

Woods now has won more than half his PGA Tour events (40) on seven courses — Torrey Pines, Firestone, Bay Hill, Cog Hill, Muirfield Village, Doral and Augusta National. All are considered tough courses, and most of those wins came against some of the strongest fields.

He has won five times in the last year — the most of anyone in the world — and all were on strong golf courses.

“I felt that toward the end of last year that I was heading that direction, where things were becoming better,” Woods said. “That gave me so much confidence heading into the offseason that I was heading in the right direction. Just keep going, keep plugging along, keep working with the things that Sean (Foley) wants me to do. And lo and behold, I’ve had two really good weeks this year.”

The question now is where it will lead.

This was the eighth time in his career that Woods has won at least two PGA Tour events before the Masters. In six of the previous seven years, he went on to win a major.

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