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The focus at Bay Hill was on Tiger Woods, who can replace McIlroy at No. 1 with a victory this week. The number most often associated with Woods is whether he can reach the record 18 majors won by Jack Nicklaus.

Palmer said he’s been impressed with what he has seen from Woods this year, particularly the wins at Torrey Pines and Doral. It reminds the King of the first time he played golf with Woods during a practice round at Augusta National.

“I give him a chance to do the record,” Palmer said. “I suppose that every year it’s a little more fleeting, however, and he’ll have to really work hard to keep himself up and keep his mental attitude if he’s going to do it.”