Pain-free Tiger hopes putter warms up at Players

Rex Christensen
March 13, 2019

It's an unusually spartan record for a man who hasn't been outside the top two slots in the world golf ranking since last summer. In the tournament's history, there have only been five playoffs, suggesting that those in contention will require some luck around the notoriously hard and sometimes unfair TPC Sawgrass, otherwise the leader could easily pull away from the field as has happened in the past. "I don't think can you go wrong calling it one or not calling it one, THE PLAYERS is THE PLAYERS", Thomas said of his enthusiasm for the week. "If this was a modern style golf course where every carry was 300 and things widened out, it would be frustrating for 40 percent of the field".

A third round 76 at last week's Arnold Palmer Invitational was the only thing preventing the Englishman from his maiden PGA Tour title as he finished T3, just three strokes behind the victor.

"I took quite a bit of time off last week, just trying to relax and just get rested and get the body feeling right".

PONTE VEDRA ― Tiger Woods waited until the last day to commit to last year's Valspar Championship. "I've got to stay on it and have to stay as loose as I possibly can for as long as I play out here". "This golf course allows everybody that chance to win". There is a new date for this year, however, with the event switching to March from May, which could alter the nature of the course and potentially the likely contenders.

On paper, Rose would seem to match an identikit profile for a victor here. He ranks seventh on tour in strokes gained: tee to green, eighth in scrambling and first in par-4 scoring. He is now T102 in that category, and T161 in Greens in Regulation. The only other cut he missed since then was the U.S. Open. Molinari just won the Arnold Palmer Invitational last week for his second title since the 2018 British Open. "It just made it worse". Justin Rose is one from 15 starts, Dustin Johnson is 0 of 10 and Brooks Koepka is 0 from 4.

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"Everything was a little off".

"I think what's happened here the last few weeks has just exposed a weakness in our working relationship, which happens when you've got a lot of different organisations". Few things to work on. However, his last outing at The Honda Classic - a tournament that he has performed strongly in over the years - resulted in a MC, yet this could have given him the extra preparation time required for this week. "But the first week out is always a slight, are you going to be rusty or are you going to be fresh, ready to go".

"It's like when have you a fan yell at you on the course, you want to go over there and get into him but unfortunately it makes you look bad", Day said.

Webb Simpson won The Players a year ago and will be joined in the field by an impressive list of former champions that includes Woods, Mickelson, Jason Day (2016) of Australia, Rickie Fowler (2015), Martin Kaymer (2014), Matt Kuchar (2012), Henrik Stenson (2009) of Sweden, Sergio Garcia (2008) of Spain, Si Woo Kim (2017) of South Korea and Adam Scott (2004) of Australia.

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