Tiger 'feeling good' as he arrives for the Players

Tiger 'feeling good' as he arrives for the Players

Tiger 'feeling good' as he arrives for the Players

Major season has arrived!

But in 2015 he told the tour's official website that each year when The Players Championship rolls around, he takes a golf cart alone, rides the course and reflects on his moment in the sun.

Woods revealed the neck problem had first "flared up" during last year's Open
Championship at Carnoustie, where he managed to get himself in the mix before finishing runner-up in the USPGA Championship at Bellerive the following month.

By becoming the first player since Hal Sutton in 1983 to win the tournament on debut, the Tour struggler earned $US1,080,000 and leapt to 64 in the world rankings. So said Tiger Woods during his media availability on Tuesday trying to temper expectations. And beefed-up $2.25 million first prize. It could be like that at TPC Sawgrass in March.

Heavy rain this week made the fairways even softer and speckled some golf balls with mud - something rarely seen in May - but Scott noticed the difference immediately.

Given its level of difficulty, it's no wonder that only six golfers have won this event a couple of times.

He is the only player at TPC Sawgrass this week who has won the event in its March (2001) and former May (2013) dates.

Sungjae Im, South Korea - The 20-year-old, who won twice on the Web.com Tour last year, finished T3 in API after a T4 in the Safeway Open and a T10 in the Phoenix Open. Tiger, who also was second in 2000 and eighth in 2009, has three top 20s in as many starts this year after winning the Tour Championship in October. But Rickie Fowler has, and he has the next shortest odds this weekend at 20/1.

Tiger Woods reacts after a quadruple bogey on the 17th hole during the second round of The Players Championship
GETTY IMAGESTiger Woods reacts after a quadruple bogey on the 17th hole during the second round of The Players Championship

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Following the co-favorites Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy, Thomas is the next man up, and with good reason. He has not finished out of the top 20 in his three starts this year, though he not finished closer than eight shots of the victor. Given recent form and pure talent, Thomas winning isn't a insane thought whatsoever.

Woods missed last week's Arnold Palmer Invitational due to the injury. "I thought I was in a good position after two rounds and with a good score on Saturday and Sunday you can run through the field". He's practically a walking MASH unit with four back surgeries as well as four knee surgeries over the years.

He has placed 16 or better in all but one event.

FedEx Cup leader: Xander Schauffele. Check in for highlights from every tournament plus player interviews, player profiles, tournament previews, swing analysis and all the greatest shots and incredible moments. He misses left again, but this time gets a little kick from the trees into the rough.

Rory McIlroy, Northern Ireland - Even though he hasn't won since the Arnold Palmer Invitational a year ago, Rory is on a run of five straight finishes in the top six and just can't finish things off on Sunday right now.

Justin Thomas was also involved at the top of the leaderboard until he found the water with his tee shot at the sixth and carded a double-bogey. Follow our live blog for all the latest action here, and follow our shot-by-shot recap of Woods' round below.

Woods will decide after playing this week whether to take his place in the field at the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play, which takes place from March 27-31 in Austin, Texas.

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