Jordan Spieth excited to play alongside Tiger Woods at Valspar

Jordan Spieth excited to play alongside Tiger Woods at Valspar

We've seen a new Tiger Woods in his latest comeback.

Among the other high-profile names competing at Innisbrook Resorts Copperhead Course, which boasts narrow fairways, tough greens and the infamous Snake Pit, are four-times major victor Rory McIlroy, Masters champion Sergio Garcia and world number five Justin Rose.

Woods is making his debut at the Valspar Championship this week before heading to Bay Hill for the Arnold Palmer Invitational, his fourth tournament in five weeks at a venue where he has won eight times before.

Mickelson claimed his first victory since the 2013 Open Championship by beating Justin Thomas in a playoff for the WGC-Mexico Championship on Sunday. "... (I thought), man, this must have been what it's been like for the last 20 years for guys". He's been playing well. I'd love to see him get in position to make the team on points, or get himself in position to be considered if he didn't make it automatically. "He's been in contention a few times", Woods said of his the 47-year-old Mickelson, his long-time rival.

"What Phil is doing is showing us we can still do it later in our careers".

With just 10 rounds under his belt in 2018 thus far, Woods now hasn't played enough to officially qualify for any of the PGA Tour's statistical categories. Woods returned to the gym to build up his strength after the Honda two weeks ago.

"Seeing Phil win I think was really cool for Tiger, to recognise, 'I've got all this time to be still able to get to that high level, '" Spieth told a pre-tournament press conference.

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"I've only played 10 rounds", he said. I know people are saying I've been a little erratic, a little inconsistent, but it's 10 rounds. "I'm not even on the rankings".

"I'm ecstatic just to have a chance to play again, and to have a chance to win golf tournaments and compete", he said. Woods said it might not be wise to dismiss veteran players who have had success at Augusta. Statistically, we always want to target players who can pound fairways and excel with their long irons, so Driving Accuracy and SG Approach are vital this week for good performance.

Woods underwent spinal fusion surgery in April 2017, his fourth back operation in the space of three years, but has looked pain-free in his competitive appearances in 2018. Bernhard (Langer) is still in the mix.

Woods said he hopes to use Valspar to fine-tune his game while building up his endurance.

No wonder Spieth is excited for this week's first- and second-round grouping at the Valspar Championship, where the 2015 champ will play with Woods and Henrik Stenson on Thursday and Friday.

Spieth said he saw a wave of spectators following Woods during a quick nine-hole practice round Tuesday at Innisbrook alongside Jim Furyk, Steve Stricker and Davis Love III.

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