McIlroy, Johnson in the mix as Fleetwood leads The Players Championship

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     Tiger Woods at the 2018 Valspar Championship

Getty Images Tiger Woods at the 2018 Valspar Championship

That's why he turned to his caddie for some last-minute advice during a practice round.

"We are all going to have patches where we don't putt well and patches where we make everything".

By becoming the first player since Hal Sutton in 1983 to win the tournament on debut, the Tour struggler earned $US1,080,000 and leapt to 64 in the world rankings. And beefed-up $2.25 million first prize.

In addition to the difficulty of executing the shots required at TPC Sawgrass, Woods noted that Pete Dye is also a master of creating intimidating visuals. TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida is once again the host site, and the par-72 7,215 yard course is considered extremely hard.

Asked Tuesday at The Players Championship whether he would play next week's PGA Tour stop at Innisbrook Golf Resort in Palm Harbor, Woods said, "We'll see how everything goes".

In the video comedian Paul Gutkowski was given the task of informing groups that they were not going to be able to play the 17th hole.

What hasn't changed is handicapping the field. Scott won when the tournament was played in March.

The move to March is beneficial for the tournament in so many ways.




The 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass may be the most famous hole in golf, the famous. or "infamous" ... island green that annually makes or breaks THE PLAYERS Championship, which is being held in March this year instead of May ... which will trick up the 17th a little more than usual. A final round 72 wasn't quite what he was looking for, nonetheless he did not play badly in the final round in tough conditions, finishing the week in T6, his worst result of 2019 so far.

The Rules of Golf saw a big overhaul, with the overall number reduced from 34 to 24 and many issues that caused penalties in the past - such as a ball moving on a green or hitting a ball twice - no longer do.

"It was out of control, it was a raucous atmosphere and I was actually embracing it", Perks said.

"I hit a 5-iron into the first hole, and I haven't hit anything but a 9-iron or a wedge in there for 12 years". I am going to have good weeks and bad weeks. "I think it's a great test".

To be fair, were the game's alphabet soup of organisations to start again tomorrow with a blank sheet of paper, the Players would surely be hailed as one of the four major championships. He hasn't played it every well, not by his standards or anyone else who has reached No. 1 in the world and has 20 victories for his career. He has only five rounds in the 60s.

Fowler said he didn't feel "the new rules were doing our game any good, " and other players such as Keegan Bradley have also been critical. "I'll let you guys know later in the week".

"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 organisations".

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