Woods sends out a warning ahead of The Masters

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Updated: March 26, 2012

Tiger Woods sounded a warning ahead of next months Masters, with his 7th win at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, and his first competitive win in 2 and a half years.

Woods shot a final round 70 to finish at 13-under-par at the Bay Hill course and in the process lifted his 72nd PGA Tour title.

Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell, the 2010 US Open champion, finished second, five shots behind Woods, after starting the final round a shot in arrears. He was never able to mount a serious challenge to Woods after he made a double bogey on the first hole, and closed with a 74.

Woods has already 14 majors but none since the 2008 US Open and will be among the favourites to challenge at Augusta, along with the world’s top two Luke Donald and Rory McIlroy.