Tiger Woods ‘on track’ for the Masters despite neck injury

Tiger Woods takes his lumps but Players Championship hopes aren't dead yet	
				Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

I have built into this year a little bit but the courses are tough. The most recent multiple victor is Tiger Woods who recorded his second victory in 2013 and will be looking to join the only other player on three wins in Jack Nicklaus.

"In March, that's not always the case". (In May), the ball's rolling, ball's flying, it's usually dry.

He tweeted that the course had "very little rough".

Tiger Woods declared "everything is good" as he arrived at TPC Sawgrass to prepare for The Players Championship after missing the Arnold Palmer Invitational due to a neck strain.

Woods has won the Players Championship twice, most recently in 2013. He competed 18 times on the PGA circuit last season and played in the Ryder Cup as well. The majors are, I don't want to say easier, but I feel it kind of is.

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Asked what his theory is on why no one has been about to defend his Players title, Simpson said, "I think one of the reasons is [the course] doesn't really fit one style of play". 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. I got to shut it down just like I did last week. "But it's not the best course for me". Everyone from the top 50 in the world is playing this week. Woods is the only player in the 144-man field at the TPC Sawgrass who has won The Players in March and in May. The green has more square footage than any other hole on the golf course, but if it's firm and the wind gets to blowing, then it's a tiny target.

Following the co-favorites Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy, Thomas is the next man up, and with good reason. "So, I've tried to play more in the conservative side to try and put it in play, even though I'm a little further back". The only other cut he missed since then was the U.S. Open.

The change that appears to have caused most ire has been one that does not allow caddies to stand behind a player and help line up a shot. However, he also has five missed the cut five times. 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. With an average finishing result of 25 around TPC Sawgrass (three straight top-tens between 2012 & 2015), his game is in ideal shape to finally break his winless drought. Sergio is coming off a tie for ninth in the Honda and a tie for sixth in the WGC-Mexico.

The cream invariably rises to the top and after last week's success it's hard not to fancy Francesco Molinari after his spectacular success last week at Bay Hill. He tipped me off last spring that Shinnecock was going to be especially tough past year, with a winning score of something around +1. The PGA Tour returned its flagship event from Mother's Day to March Break in order to have major events, which The Players is hyped up to be, spaced out each month of the season.

Thomas took a step back at the Honda Classic two weeks ago, recording a 30th-place finish.

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