By FOX Sports Staff
On Monday, the 37-year-old Woods regained the world number one ranking for the first time since October 2010 with victory at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
The timing could not have been more perfect for Woods with the Masters set to tee-off in a little over two weeks' time. And while Woods will be looking to add to his haul of 14 Majors at Augusta that weekend, he will be joined by a Chinese golfer who is just starting to make an impression at the game's highest level.
Fourteen-year-old Chinese prodigy Guan Tianlang earned his Masters invitation by winning the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship in November 2012 at Amata Spring Country Club, Thailand.
It was a dream come true for the youngster who counts Woods as his inspiration.
"It's exciting that I've inspired kids to play and not just here in the [United] States, but obviously in China and around the world," Woods said on Monday when told by reporters of Guan's idolising of him.
"The game has become global. There are more countries represented on the PGA TOUR than ever before, and that's not going to change.
"It's only going to increase, and we're going to have a lot of players from countries that traditionally haven't been into golf that are going to start to play this game at a high level.
"Now with the Olympics being involved, government funding is going to be involved trying to get these kids to that type of level, and that's only going to make it better for the game of golf."
Woods next tournament is the Masters and following Monday's victory at the Arnold Palmer Invitational - his third title of the season from five starts - the American golfing legend admits it has been a few years since he's felt this good.
"I'm getting there. I'm getting there," he said.
"I'm very pleased that some of the shots that I struggled with last year are now strengths.
"You know, one of the things that we need to continue to work on is getting it more refined. Because my good ones are really good. Just making sure the bad ones aren't that bad, whether it's a driver, 3 wood, long iron, wedge, whatever it is, that I'm missing the ball in the correct spots. That's getting way better. Still continue to improve and clean up my short game."
Woods has won eight times at Bay Hill - equalling Sam Snead's record of wins at a single PGA Tour event.