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Tiger Woods 'feeling good' at Sawgrass

15 March, 2019, 03:57 | Author: Delia Walker
  • Rory Mc Ilroy played well in the first round of The PLAYERS 2019

Tiger Woods has admitted the neck strain that forced him to pull out last week was caused by his four back surgeries.

Now set at No. 6 on the rankings, McIlroy marched to a sixth-place finish at last weekend's Arnold Palmer Invitational while set as a +650 favourite.

Woods always planned to contest six US PGA Tour events - including this week's elite Players Championship - between January and the Masters but skipping the Palmer event means he will likely play five. "It was just gradually getting worse. The stress has to go somewhere if I don't have movement". I felt like I was able to get up there, and I felt comfortable. "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".

A motivation for Day to withdraw last week was to rehabilitate his back for this week's elite Players Championship, regarded as golf's unofficial fifth major. Part of that, he said, was due to the neck problems. "We are all going to have patches where we don't putt well, and patches where we make everything".

Holmes, who uses a more straight back, straight through motion, says Killen is not driven by a certain putting philosophy which makes the instructor a good fit for Woods.

Woods withstood an early barrage, however, took the lead on points round the turn and outlasted a back-and-forth on the back nine to get the better of the muscled-up, 7,189-yard Stadium with a 2-under-par 70.




"The putting feels so much better as I feel better, it kind of goes hand-in-hand".

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 has played through pain before, but now seems to wiser. Day (2016) and Adam Scott (2004) are the only Australians in the field who have won at TPC Sawgrass.

It all starts to unfold today, with only 23 players having experienced the March conditions before the move to May in 2007. It returns to March this year in a major shakeup of the PGA Tour's calendar.

Johnson strengthened his spot atop the World Golf Rankings with a decisive five-stroke victory over Rory McIlroy in his last outing at last month's WGC-Mexico Championship. "That's probably the biggest difference". There are numerous years that ... we've all had mud balls, and you have to deal with that type of difficulty coming into these greens.

Rory McIlroy, Northern Ireland - Even though he hasn't won since the Arnold Palmer Invitational previous year, Rory is on a run of five straight finishes in the top six and just can't finish things off on Sunday right now. "I can't sit out there and practice for eight to 12 hours like I used to". "Hit it good. It's not real complicated". - Justin Thomas has played the 15th hole at The Players Championship about 20 times, but never this early in the year.

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