Woods pulled out of last week's Arnold Palmer Invitational citing a neck strain, which raised the possibility that he might also miss the PGA Tour's flagship event.
"The stress has to go somewhere if I don't have movement, so it's very important for me to keep pliable". The week-long event is one big party at TPC Sawgrass and has a "who's who" of previous winners, and has a serious lineage of former winners; including Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Adam Scott, Sergio Garcia, Henrik Stenson, Jason Day and Rickie Fowler all succeeding in the past 10-15 years. I'm trying to treat it like a major.
"There are times when over the years I pushed it, pushed through a few things, and I've won a few tournaments doing it that way", he said.
Sungjae Im (+600) owns a world of talent, but I'm not sold on him in his first Players start.
"I think in the past two years I've played a bit too much golf at the course when it's not prepped for the tournament; the course plays so much different outside the Players", Smith said. Some plays will be geared toward cash games, and some for GPP tournaments.
Whether you want to call it The Players Championship, The Players or The Fifth Major, there's no denying that this weekend's golf tournament features the best field of the season.
Brooks Koepka says his two-major haul past year has left his confidence sky-high and believes half of his competitors are beaten by the time they reach the first tee at majors. That's followed by the Dell Technologies Match Play, a World Golf Championship for which he had not been eligible since 2014.
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I think his serve really picked up. "It is different from past year , but I think I am getting used to it, " Osaka said. Muguruza hopes for more good feelings in her next match, a fourth-rounder against Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands.
Koepka will play alongside 2015 Players champion Rickie Fowler and three-time major victor Jordan Spieth over the opening two rounds at TPC Sawgrass and the 28-year-old admits his motivation has been hurt after some of his success. "A lot of the tee shots are hard so if I can do that well and be aggressive then hopefully I can do enough other things right to be up there".
"It started to get a little tighter and tighter as I played more holes in Mexico", Woods said.
"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 organizations", Monahan said. "I understand that I'm going to have good weeks and bad weeks", Woods continued. The only other cut he missed since then was the U.S. Open. "I think we all have to accept that you're going to hit good shots, and going to get some weird hopes, and get some really, really funky lies whether it's off the fairway or around the greens".
"It would be nice if we never heard or got asked questions about the USGA, because they should be off to the side and hopefully the rules are here to help us and help us play, " Bradley said. Instead he finished tied-30th.
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"Every corner that I turn, every place that I go, I'm reminded that my greatest professional accomplishment is here".