No longer a favorite, Tiger Woods happy to be in Players field

Posted May 10, 2018

The 30-year-old is keen on contending in the PGA Tour's flagship tournament after missing the cut here twice, including last year where he needed all of 10 shots on the par-4 18th hole after finding the water three times.

"As soon as the Masters went and I had a week to reflect and everything, it was all positive", said McIlroy, part of an all-star group for the first two rounds alongside Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas. A win in Florida against every golfer inside the world's top 50 would certainly improve Lowry's current world ranking of 82nd place. I did everything well for, I guess, a few years there.

Rose is number one on the PGA Tour for scrambling from the fringe, as well as ninth in putting and 22nd for Greens in Regulation. If you're not in the fairway you can't get anywhere near the hole, but I'll miss it in the left rough and (still) try and land it on that tier right next to the hole.

It all starts to unfold Thursday, the final time The Players Championship will be held in May after a 12-year run before returning to the pre-Masters date in March. "I haven't approached it like I approach the major-championship caliber golf".

It sure was. Woods would go on to win the Players Championship for the first time in his career that year. Historically that's happened, but historically now that hasn't happened.

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"That's one of the things I think he should take away from it is he did it under different conditions, different times in his life, and now he's got a taste of it, he wants it back again, " Woods said. That was a year ago, and he had to close with a 68 to finish that high.

Woods noted that Day's ascension and attempt to stay on top came with a family that includes two young children; several of the other top, young players have yet to experience all that fatherhood entails.

"If I can putt well there, then I'm definitely going to have a chance to win on Sunday".

Fellow countryman Matteo Manassero is also happy to be home and is looking to build on an encouraging week at the Volvo China Open at the end of April.

"There's no way of faking it around this golf course", said Woods, who won his first U.S. Amateur at Sawgrass in 1994. Players who gain in Strokes gained: around the green this week will be able to save more shots than usual, as it's not uncommon for players to make double bogey when just 25 yards from the hole. Even though the Players isn't one, the course demands as much. I think the mental side of golf is way more important than the physical.