Tiger Woods likes where he's headed

Tiger Woods closed out the Presidents Cup for the United States on Sunday and may be closing in on a return to form.

A week before, Woods finished third at the Australian Open in Sydney and it looks like his confidence may be coming around, along with his game.

"This is the way I've been hitting it at home," Woods said following the United States' Presidents Cup victory. "I'm very pleased with the progress I've made with (swing coach) Sean (Foley), and it's finally paying off under pressure. It held up nicely last week at the (Australian) Open, and it held up nicely this week."

While Woods has looked good in consecutive weeks, the 14-time major winner contends that his recent results are still part of a process.

"I finally feel like I've been able to implement everything now onto the golf course in a tournament situation," Woods told CNBC's Darren Rovell on Monday. "The way I hit the ball in Australia was basically the way I've been hitting the ball at home, but I hadn't taken it to the golf course yet.

"It's fun to actually be able to hit the ball like that in a tournament situation under pressure ... the transition is always difficult, but I've finally gotten myself to that point."

Woods' performance at the Presidents Cup not only served as validation for himself, but also for U.S. captain Fred Couples who took a chance by putting a struggling Woods on the team.

Couples was the first to approach Woods after his win over Aaron Baddeley on Sunday at the Presidents Cup, shadow boxing with him on the 15th green.

"I felt like I was picking the greatest player I've ever seen," Couples said of naming Woods to the team a month before the deadline. "I've never seen anyone play like Tiger."

International captain Greg Norman had publicly criticized Couples' selection of Woods, something Woods was more than willing to note following the United States' fourth straight victory in the event.

"I'm thankful that he (Couples) picked me," Woods said. "Greg is probably not happy about it after I closed out the Cup (Sunday)."

Next up for the 50th-ranked player in the world is a trip to California to play in the Chevron World Challenge, where he hopes to begin his ascent in the world rankings.

"I'm starting to play better now," Woods told Rovell on Monday. "I finished third in the Australian Open and then obviously last week (in the Presidents Cup) didn't count as far as points or anything, but I played even better. It's just a matter of putting it together over a longer period of time."

For Woods' return to the top of the golf world, the time may be now and perhaps fittingly, it started in Australia, the same place that gave him his last victory.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.