Published: Fri, March 15, 2019
Sports | By Angie Alvarado

What's missing in Tiger Woods' game — MCCARTHY

What's missing in Tiger Woods' game — MCCARTHY

The 43-year-old showed no sign of discomfort after playing nine holes at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. That's because my lower back is fused.

"I had Matt take a look at it, " Woods said. (In May), the ball's rolling, ball's flying, it's usually dry. He used the word "pliable" three times during his news conference at The Players Championship. However, his last outing at The Honda Classic - a tournament that he has performed strongly in over the years - resulted in a MC, yet this could have given him the extra preparation time required for this week.

The 14-time major champion made a decision to skip the tournament at Bay Hill last week as a precautionary measure, but declared he is now pain free ahead of competing at Sawgrass in The Players Championship this week. "It's hard these days but I'm trying my best".

Woods confirmed that "if nothing flares up" here he intends to add the WGC-Match Play in Austin to his pre-Augusta schedule.

I've got Tiger penciled in for a T-23 finish this week. "But it's not the best course for me".

"It's just the golf course plays so much shorter in May than it does in March", he stated.

Perhaps the biggest surprise of the morning was a 74 by world number two Justin Rose, who had a nightmare triple-bogey at his 10th hole, the par-four first.

Perhaps one of them will March to the title this week.

It flared up again at the Genesis Open last month, and then got worse in Mexico City the following week.

The Valspar Championship next week is where he was runner-up previous year.

"I've played three tournaments so far and that's about right".

Francesco Molinari, Italy - Comes into the Players off his brilliant 64 in the final round that gave him the victory in the Arnold Palmer Invitational. If you count their U.S. Amateur triumphs, Nicklaus stands at 20 and Woods has 17.

Harris English knocked in his second shot on the par-5 11th hole on Thursday.

Despite struggling on the greens, Woods hasn't finished outside the Top 15 in 2019.

Moore's hole-in-one was the ninth at that hole in tournament history and the first since Sergio Garcia in 2017. "I went out and played really freely on Sunday and I was proud of the way I handled myself".

Koepka is agitated by missing the cut last week at Bay Hill, because one of his goals has been consistency. Reigning FedEx Cup champ has wins in the Indonesian Masters and Farmers Insurance Open since November.

"It was getting to the point where it was affecting my setup, my backswing, my through swing, " said Woods, who is back for this week's Players Championship. 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.

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. Sung Kang, South Korea - A two-time victor on the Korean Tour, Kang is coming off a T6 in the Arnold Palmer Invitational in addition to a T10 in the Sony Open in Hawaii.

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