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The American had to pull out last minute of the Arnold Palmer Invitational due to a neck injury, however he has since confirmed his recovery and is fully-fit to try and claim his third Players title. Woods, though, is quick to dispel those rumors but admits the neck stiffness had been bothering him for several weeks. My finishes are getting a little bit better.

"It started to get a little tighter and tighter as I played more holes in Mexico", Woods said.

"Over the years, I pushed through a few (injuries) and won a few tournaments doing that, but I also cost myself a few years out here". It was starting to affect every aspect of his golf game.

"It's not painful now", reported the 14-time major victor, who, nonetheless, linked the injury to the spinal fusion surgery he underwent in April 2017.

"If you get on a bad run here, I mean, this course really can dent your confidence because the severity of penalty is very extreme", Scott added.

The victor of 80 PGA Tour titles is also consulting putting coach Matt Killen, who works with Justin Thomas, having performed poorly on the greens at the WGC-Mexico.

Woods said he will use this week to determine if he is playing next week's Valspar Championship or the WGC-Dell Match Play Championship, meaning he will compete in just one more event for a total of five prior to the Masters. The prevailing wind can come out of an entirely different direction, which can make that island green on the par-3 17th look a little smaller.

"It's not painful now", Woods said. If I see the line and I feel like I'm releasing the putter with the toe flying over, I feel good.

"Since I stepped on property here on Sunday, I really liked what I saw", McCarthy said.

"Yeah, there's that, and I've got 80 (wins) and he doesn't". "I grew up feeling more like Bobby Locke and Ben Crenshaw letting the putter go and, if I do that, I feel great". And with just two made cuts in five visits to TPC Sawgrass, it seems unlikely he busts out of his slump this week. It had become enough of a problem that Woods has brought a new coach on board this week, something he was yet to do in this comeback.

Follow Tiger's score and the rest of the 2019 Players Championship field below with our live leaderboard. What he has to recognize is that at his age there are going to be weeks when he has to put the needs of his body ahead of the needs of his golf game. "Now, I can go for it", said Kiradech, who is ranked 48th on the FedEx Cup points list. "The fact that I can't set out there and practice for eight to 10 hours like I used to".

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"I feel good", said Woods before heading to the range.

When Woods is putting well he likes to feel the toe of the putter release through the ball, something he says is more reminiscent of Ben Crenshaw or Bobby Locke than numerous players on tour today.


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