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Tiger Woods made the most positive step in his comeback to date this week at The Honda Classic, as the 14-time major winner finished the tournament in 12th-place at even-par.

Woods finished the week leading the field in proximity to the hole while sitting third in driving distance. He admitted afterward that his improved ball-striking has caused him to raise his expectations.

“My expectations have gone up. I’m hitting the ball better. I knew I could putt it, I knew I could chip it, but I didn’t know how well I was going to hit it,” Woods said on Golf Channel after the round. “I’ve had to get used to certain things. I can’t do what I used to do. I can’t hit the same shots from the same body positions, they’re different. I’m getting used to it, more accustomed to it, I’m very pleased with it, especially this week.”

Through the opening eight holes on Sunday, Woods gave fans a vintage final-round performance, posting three birdies while wearing his traditional red shirt. While he would fade with a two-over 37 on the back-9, the 42-year-old gave fans a reminder of what he’s capable of at the highest level.

“I know it’s been a long time, but I remember how to do this,” Woods said. “I’m disappointed I didn’t shoot 3-under coming in to sneak into a playoff, but I gave myself a chance.”

While he didn’t qualify for next week’s World Golf Championship event in Mexico City, Woods said he will get back in the gym and work at getting stronger to peak during the first week of April for The Masters.

If he can head to Augusta with some of the form he showed at PGA National, don’t be shocked to see him in contention on a track he’s dominated in the past.

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John Daly has never shied away from sharing details about his life on and off the course, no matter how good, bad, or ugly.

It’s that openness and his down-to-earth attitude that Daly credits for making him a fan favorite.

“I don’t have any skeletons in my closet,” Daly said ahead of the Senior PGA Championship, according to USA TODAY Sports’ Christine Brennan. “I’m a guy that’s always told them when I screw up. I screw up and I admit it and go on.

“I don’t hide anything. There’s just nothing to hide with me. I’ve always just been straight upfront with you guys. I’m not one of those guys that’s going to lie to anybody about what’s going on in my life. I think it just takes the pressure off of not having anything looking back or anything.”

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VIRGINIA WATER, England – Rory McIlroy will miss the Dubai Desert Classic next week to keep recovering from a stress fracture of a rib.

The European Tour tweeted the confirmation on Monday.

McIlroy revealed a week ago that he injured himself, aggravating the rib while finishing runner-up at the SA Open in Gauteng.

Rib stress fractures generally take six weeks to heal. He already missed the Abu Dhabi Championship last week.

McIlroy won the Dubai Desert Classic in 2009 and 2015.

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LA QUINTA, Calif. – If more people in San Diego shared his passion for the Chargers, Phil Mickelson figures the NFL team wouldn’t have bolted for Los Angeles.

”I just wish that all the people in San Diego loved them the way I do and fought a little harder to keep them, but I understand it,” the golf star said Thursday after the first round of the CareerBuilding Challenge.

Mickelson grew up in San Diego and lives in the area.

”What’s disappointing to me is that the city of San Diego didn’t appreciate the value that they had,” Mickelson said. ”And it was obvious in their votes. So, I’m sad, but I don’t blame them. I understand the way that the economics in the NFL works and the ticket sharing of 60/40 percent and how the suite money is where you make your money. I get it. And the suites at Qualcomm are the worst I’ve ever seen out of all the stadiums I’ve been to. So I totally understand where the Chargers are at

”When the vote came in … it was disappointing. Because it, if it were me, on the other end, I would feel very unwanted. It’s no fun being at a place you’re not wanted.”

Lefty shot a 4-under 68 at La Quinta Country Club in his return from two sports hernia surgeries. He will be back in San Diego next week for the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines.

Tiger Woods, Ernie Els

It’s been a while since Tiger Woods played on the PGA Tour – 17 months to be exact – let alone win a major championship, but Ernie Els believes Woods can add a few more to his total of 14.

“I guess this will be one of his last goes at it,” said Els. “He’s 41-years-old now, and I think he’s seen what myself and Darren Clarke has done, we’ve won majors in our 40s, so he’s thinking if we can do it, he can definitely win a couple and I think he’s got a chance of doing that.”

While the PGA Tour is in good hands with younger players like Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas, and others playing well, Woods’ presence is still immeasurable.

“He just brings an immense spotlight to the game, wherever he goes, so he’s obviously very, very good for the game and the better he plays, the better golf will be.”

One player that hasn’t had a close relationship with Woods over the years, Sergio Garcia, also echoed Els about the importance of Woods back playing.

“Obviously he’s going to have an impact because it’s Tiger Woods and he always does. But, it’s all going to depend on how he does physically and mentally. I don’t think anyone knows how he’s going to respond to all of that, not even him probably.”

2013 Masters champion, Adam Scott, who was once thought to be the player who would challenge Woods when he arrived on tour in 2000, is excited to have him back.

“Let’s hope he can remain healthy and play a whole season, it would be lovely to see that. We haven’t seen that for quite a while with Tiger. He’s obviously still the biggest attraction in golf.”

Woods tees it up this week at the Farmers Insurance Open, a tournament he has won seven times in his career.

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VIRGINIA WATER, England – John Jacobs, the captain of the first European Ryder Cup team and a tour official on the continent, has died. He was 91.

The European Tour announced the death of its ”founding father” on Friday. A cause was not provided.

Jacobs played for Britain at the 1955 Ryder Cup in California and was instrumental in later bringing together Europe and Britain.

In 1979, Jacobs was captain of the first Ryder Cup team that included players from continental Europe, including Seve Ballesteros.

Jacobs championed the expansion of golf, and the first European Tour event was staged in 1972.

Jacobs was also one of the most popular golf teachers. The tour said Jacobs revolutionized coaching ”through his innovative philosophies based on ball flight, club face alignment and swing path.”

Tiger Woods

SAN DIEGO – Tiger Woods is starting the new year at a familiar place – Torrey Pines, where he has won eight times as a pro.

The Farmers Insurance Open announced Wednesday that Woods has committed to playing Jan. 26-29. It will be his first official PGA Tour event since he tied for 10th in the Wyndham Championship in August 2015.

Woods also committed to the Honda Classic, which is near his home in Florida.

Woods missed all of 2016 recovering from two back surgeries, returning last month at the Hero World Challenge. He finished 15th in a 17-man field in the Bahamas.

He won the PGA Tour event at Torrey Pines seven times, and his last major victory was at Torrey Pines in the 2008 U.S. Open.

Woods previously announced he would play in the Genesis Open at Riviera, three weeks after Torrey Pines. Still to be determined is whether he makes an overseas appearance, and how much he will play before the Masters.

He likely will return to the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill, but Woods isn’t eligible for two World Golf Championships during the March run to Augusta National.