Tiger has Augusta on his mind

05 March 2012 04:38:57 EST

Tiger Woods has sent an ominous warning to his rivals and warned them his game is coming together ahead of the first Major of the season, The Masters, at the start of next month.

Woods fired an eight-under-par 62 - his lowest ever score in a fourth round - on Sunday to finish runner-up to new world number one Rory McIlroy at the Honda Classic in Florida.

US Open champion McIlroy has plenty to celebrate after reaching the top of the rankings for the first time in his career at the age of just 22.

Each tournament I've progressed, I've gotten better. And it's just a matter of time before I put it all together for an entire tournament.

Tiger Woods

But so does Woods after producing a performance that showed he has put the injuries and swing changes of last season behind him and is firmly on track for Augusta next month.

Woods is now 9/2 to win The Masters while McIlroy can be backed at 11/2 and Lee Westwood at 18/1.

Woods said: "I think I just need the time. I switched coaches and I got hurt for most of last year, and I started putting the pieces together.

"Overall, my finishes have been pretty good since Australia and it was just a matter of keep building, keep sticking with it, the process.

"Each tournament I've progressed, I've gotten better. And it's just a matter of time before I put it all together for an entire tournament.

"I'm thrilled at the fact that each and every week, my game has gotten better. Each tournament it's gotten better, and that's the whole idea heading into April."

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Woods' final round at the Honda Classic, which featured two eagles and four birdies, lifted him up to 16th in the latest world rankings.

The former world number one has not won a Major since his victory at the 2008 US Open but he will be fancying his chances of adding to his tally of 14 Grand Slam wins if he can maintain his form in the coming weeks.

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