Tiger Woods insists he's feeling 'good' ahead of Players Championship

Tanya Simon
March 13, 2019

"It's not painful now", Woods said.

"It's great, to do it here, to get it done here at this place knowing that my wife and the kids were watching back home, it's just a special, special one".

Keeping his lower back more pliable will prevent a recurrence.

"I don't know, I'm just super glad", Molinari said after his round, via Golf Digest. - Considering the annual parity at The Players Championship and the usual unpredictability being magnified by a move back to March, the smart play this week should be matchup bets - and especially those which offer some value.

The Australian has started 2019 in good form, putting himself in contention twice to end his two-year winless drought. Webb Simpson (last year's winner) ranked 92nd, but before him, it checks out: Si Woo Kim (16th), Jason Day (9th), Rickie Fowler (3rd), Martin Kaymer (4th).

Woods said his neck was bothering him Mexico on both his backswing and his downswing. It feels like is this going to be the last time that I am going to pick up a golf club.

"We are all going have patches where we just don't putt well and patches where we make everything". - Tiger Woods has engaged the help of Matt Killen to work on his putting after an unhappy start to the season on the greens.

"I had Matt take a look at it, " Woods said.

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"I have to stay fit and it's about managing it the best I can and not push it".

Although it doesn't appear to be a permanent relationship, it's the first time Woods has worked with a coach of any sort since parting with Chris Como in 2017.

The 12-time PGA Tour victor admits it is tempting to respond to criticism but is why he rarely checks the social media accounts ran by his team. A combination of hurting winds on key holes and a softer golf course could turn the Players into another long ball cakewalk. "That's probably the biggest difference". As my neck got a little bit tighter, yeah, I didn't feel comfortable with my putting. Woods has played in three tournaments so far this year, which he said is "about right". On Tuesday, he used a three-wood followed by a three-iron.

When The Players was staged in March before, it was held two or three weeks before the Masters and many viewed it as the start of the season proper.

Woods admitted he was aware that he "faces challenges going forward" due to his physical state.

It's not a week to prioritize distance, and accuracy itself doesn't correlate quite as well to total strokes gained as good drive rate - picking up greens in regulation after missing fairways (plus fairways hit). The golf course is one that Pete has set up to intimidate you visually.

With 600 FedEx Cup points available at the Players Championship - most tournaments have 500 on the line - it's an opportunity to shoot up the standings.

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