Tiger Woods: I am going to have to shut down at times

Tiger Woods: I am going to have to shut down at times

That doesn't mean the end of neck pain down the road.

And rightfully so. After bailing on the Arnold Palmer Invitational last week at the 11th hour, there's no need for the two-time Players champion to push his body hard and risk injury with the Masters around the corner.

Woods said he has been dealing with the strain for a few weeks. It was gradually getting worse.

"That's just because my lower back is fused, and so the stress has to go somewhere if I don't have movement".

"I still don't know how long I'll be able to play out here, but I'm still enjoying the fact that I'm able to play again and to be able to compete", Woods said. Taylor is making his fourth appearance after a 73rd-place finish in 2015, missed cut in 2016 and tie for 79th in 2018. "I've played three tournaments this year and that's about right", he said in looking towards Augusta.

The PGA record for highest score on No. 17 is held by Bob Tway, who fed four balls to the alligators before putting a fifth tee shot onto the green and then three-putting in the third round of the 2005 tourney.

Simpson came in 18 under par after four rounds to win the Players previous year. And with just two made cuts in five visits to TPC Sawgrass, it seems unlikely he busts out of his slump this week. "I had him take a look at it to see what he thought of where my set-up looked like now versus all the times that I have putted well".

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. Woods hinted that he would commit to the Match Play if he remains healthy.

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Steve Stricker received a sponsor exemption and will make his first PGA Tour start since he was appointed Ryder Cup captain. Matt Fitzpatrick managed only two birdies in his round of 1-under 71 and made a 3-foot par putt to finish alone in second.

The Players Championship has returned to its March date, and Woods is the only player in the 144-man field to have won it in March (2001) and May (2013).

Woods will be grouped with last year's victor Webb Simpson and 2018 Masters champion Patrick Reed, teeing off for round one at 1:27pm EST (1727 GMT) tomorrow.

Of course, no preview of TPC Sawgrass would be complete without mentioning the famous Hole 17.

Perks changed equipment, caddy, management and his golf swing after The Players.

Scott is a big fan of the course and explained one difference that no one else mentioned. "We're going to have to hit more clubs off the tees, have a little bit longer clubs into the greens, but the difference is the greens are much slower and much more receptive". It is a curiously low number, as 53 went into the drink previous year and 69 in 2017. From 233 yards into the wind, Woods clobbered a 3-iron to just short of the front edge then judged his 50-foot lag beautifully, leaving a tap in.

Rory McIlroy was a stroke further back after a bogey-free 67 while Tiger Woods was among the later starters and was one over par after three holes.

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

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