AP Golf Writer
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Even before Tiger Woods won the Arnold Palmer Invitational for the eighth time, he was asked on several occasions what it was about Bay Hill that brings him so much success. Finally, he gave an answer that applies to more than just him.
"Once we figure out what courses we like, we tend to play those," Woods said.
Brendan Steele finished his round Saturday and was on the range making small talk when he was asked about his schedule the next few weeks, such as the Texas Open.
"Nah, I don't think I'm going to play there," Steele said with a slight grin.
The light came on for the reporter who realized that San Antonio is where Steele won for the first time. He laughed.
"I won, I tied for fourth last year," he said. "How could I not play?"
Woods has established a schedule that is easy to predict. It's based on the courses where he does well.
His 77 wins on the PGA Tour have come at 25 tournaments. He has won only eight tournaments just once -- the Las Vegas Invitational (1996), Byron Nelson Classic (1997), BellSouth Classic (1998), Pebble Beach National Pro-Am (2000), Canadian Open (2000), The Players Championship (2001), Deutsche Bank Championship (2006) and Wells Fargo Championship (2007). The only events he continues to play are The Players, Deutsche Bank and Wells Fargo.
Woods won what is now the Cadillac Championship on six courses (Valderrama, Mount Juliet, Capital City, Harding Park, The Grove, Doral), the Match Play Championship on two courses (La Costa, Gallery at Dove Mountain), Tournament of Champions on two courses (La Costa, Kapalua) and the Tour Championship on two courses (Champions, East Lake). In the majors, he has won the British Open on two courses (St. Andrews twice, Hoylake) and the PGA Championship on three courses (Medinah twice, Southern Hills, Valhalla).
He has won two tournaments at La Costa (Tournament of Champions, Match Play twice), Torrey Pines (Farmers Insurance Open seven times, U.S. Open), Pebble Beach (National Pro-Am, U.S. Open) and Doral (Ford Open twice, Cadillac twice).
The last time Woods won a tournament the first time seeing the course as a pro -- except for majors and WGC events -- was the 1998 BellSouth Classic at the TPC Sugarloaf.
Of the 34 golf courses on which he has won on the PGA Tour, only five have been on original TPC designs -- Boston, Sawgrass, Sugarloaf, Summerlin, Las Colinas.
AUGUSTA LOOMS: Geoff Ogilvy was thrilled to get into the mix for the Masters with his runner-up finish at the Honda Classic, going from No. 79 to No. 47 in the world ranking. Three weeks later, he is lucky to still be on the bubble.
Ogilvy had a 73-74 weekend at Doral, a 76-72 weekend at Innisbrook and he missed the cut at Bay Hill. Because no one else did much around him, Ogilvy has slipped only three spots to No. 50 in the world.
The trick now is to stay there.
After this week, the top 50 in the world are eligible for the Masters. Ogilvy not only has to play well this week in the Houston Open, he has to hope no one else around has a big week either in Houston or points beyond.
Henrik Stenson (53), David Lynn (55), Charles Howell III (57) and Luke Guthrie (58) are at Redstone for the Houston Open, which offers a lot of points because of the strong field. Thongchai Jaidee is at No. 59 and is playing the Chiangmai Golf Classic in Thailand. Stephen Gallacher (64) and Rafael Cabrera-Bello (65) are playing the Hassan Trophy in Morocco on the European Tour.
Players abroad might have to win because of the weak fields. Lynn is already in the Masters based on his runner-up finish at the PGA Championship last year, though he still could have a bearing on the top 50.
Freddie Jacobson is at No. 46. He withdrew from the Houston Open, though he would appear to be safe.
It's similar to four years ago, when a 64 by Prayad Marksaeng on the final day in Thailand got him into the top 50. He bumped out Davis Love III, who finished at No. 51 by a fraction of a point behind a South African hardly anyone knew back then -- Louis Oosthuizen.
VIJAY OUT: Vijay Singh withdrew from the Houston Open for what a tour official said was a knee injury.
The PGA Tour is investigating Singh telling a magazine that he bought deer-antler spray, which is said to have a growth hormone on the tour's banned list of substances.