Pain-free Tiger hopes putter warms up at Players

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The neck pain that forced him to withdraw from last week's Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill last week has gone, but as he prepares to tee up in his 18th Players Championship, Tiger Woods is destined to be that most risky of competitors - "the injured golfer".

"I'll be OK", Merritt said. In prior years, I'd overlook Matsuyama on the tough and fast bermuda greens.

Woods, who will play at TPC Sawgrass after missing the Arnold Palmer Invitational last week because of a neck strain, says he doesn't have a preference, March or May, "Because I've won them both".

He has completed three tournaments in 2019, finishing 20th (Farmers Insurance Open), 15th (Genesis Open) and 10th (WGC-Mexico Championship). "It was getting to the point where it was affecting my set up, my back swing, my through swing". It was just gradually getting worse and that's just because my lower back is fused.

Woods will be grouped with last year's victor Webb Simpson and 2018 Masters champion Patrick Reed, teeing off for round one at 1:27pm EST (1727 GMT) tomorrow.

Local forecasts call for partly cloudy skies on Thursday and Friday at TPC Sawgrass, but the weather will turn slightly for the weekend rounds, with scattered showers expected on Saturday.

"Heaven forbid I enjoy a day with my family; I was there half a day walking around", a slightly frustrated Day said on Tuesday at the Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass.

Woods, 43, showed up at Innisbrook last March for the first time since 1996 and put on a show.

Woods reached the turn in 37
Woods reached the turn in 37

Valspar is one of only two realistic tournaments remaining for Woods to play before the Masters in early April.

Woods won his 80th PGA title, and his first for five years, when sealing the season-ending Tour Championship in September 2018. I'm right there heading to where I need to be. Late in his third round at Chapultepec, he followed a four-putt for double with a three-putt for bogey. "As I've started to feel a little bit better this week or this past week, then the putting definitely freed up".

"I think in the past two years I've played a bit too much golf at the course when it's not prepped for the tournament; the course plays so much different outside the Players", Smith said. He also has dealt with an Achilles' heel problem and what he described as a left arm issue at the 2013 U.S. Open.

Defending champ Tiger Woods was lurking in a tie for 10th, six shots back - in the prime of his career, few were ruling out his chances of winning again. People trying to be amusing and that, I get a good laugh out of it and I'm okay with that.

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There have been a couple of surprise winners at the PLAYERS recently, with Webb Simpson triumphing previous year following Kim's 2017 victory.

The two-time Players champion arrives in Ponte Vedra, Fla., for just his fourth start of the season.

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