Tiger Woods says he is inspired by the chance to equal the PGA Tour's all-time winning record at one of his happiest hunting grounds – the Jack Nicklaus-hosted Memorial Tournament in Ohio.
Woods sent 'Tigermania' into meltdown with his Masters victory at Augusta National in April; his 15th major and 81st PGA Tour title.
Nicklaus himself conceded on Tuesday in Ohio that his own record of 18 majors is now within reach for Woods.
But 43-year-old Woods could sooner equal golf great Sam Snead's all-time record 82 PGA Tour victories.
Perhaps his best chance is this week's prestigious US$9.1 million (AU$13.1 million) Memorial event near Columbus, Ohio.
"To be able to come this close and get to one behind Sam Snead has been pretty amazing," Woods said after playing his Wednesday pro am with American football legend Peyton Manning.
"It has been a pretty amazing run during my 20-something odd years out here. Hopefully I have a few more."
Woods has won the Memorial five times – the most in the event's 43-year history – which includes three-straight victories from 1999.
Woods also has three other top-four results at the Nicklaus-designed Muirfield Village Golf Club; the Memorial's permanent host venue.
The only courses Woods has had more success on are California's iconic Torrey Pines – where he has won eight times including the 2008 US Open – as well as Florida's Bay Hill and Ohio's Firestone Country Club (eight wins each).
RIGHT: Woods last won the Memorial in 2012. PHOTO: Andy Lyons/Getty Images.
Woods has also won the Masters and BMW Championship five times.
"To get into those numbers it takes longevity and it takes years," Woods said.
"I think it's been 10 years where I've won five or more tournaments; you need multiple win seasons like that.
"To be able to do it for decades is something I'm very proud of, because it's not something that happens overnight."
Woods' most recent start was the US PGA Championship at New York's Bethpage Black, where an underprepared Woods missed the cut.
It was his first hit-out since the Masters and Nicklaus said the dip in form "was a wake-up call" for Woods which he "would not let happen again".
Woods, who has had four back surgeries including spinal fusion surgery in 2017, admitted his body was broken after the US PGA Championship – where he was sick and "took a little bit" to recover.
"I lost quite a bit of weight and wasn't feeling my best, but I was able to put most of it back on," Woods said.
"I'm feeling a lot better; I just need to play a little bit more now. Hopefully it will be four solid days this week heading into the (US) Open (in two weeks)."
The US$9.1 million Memorial is an invitational event with an elite field of 120 players which affords the winner a US$1.64 million prize and a three-year exemption on the PGA Tour.
- Evin Priest, Australian Associated Press