Woods says he feels good on arrival at Players Championship

We’ll have to wait to find out if Tiger Woods will play the Valspar Championship

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

"There are times when over the years I pushed it, pushed through a few things, and I've won a few tournaments doing it that way", he said. Tiger, who also was second in 2000 and eighth in 2009, has three top 20s in as many starts this year after winning the Tour Championship in October.

A spinal fusion almost two years ago resurrected a career that had been in danger of coming to a premature end.

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.

"It was getting to the point where it was affecting my setup, my backswing, my through swing, " said Woods. Although it's just 137 yards to the Island Green, the hole is surrounded on nearly all sides by water and has a tiny bunker in front of it, leading to many highlight-reel moments as frustrated golfers try to get their drives to stay on the green.

Woods did not want to commit to a pre-Masters schedule until after The Players was over.

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.

We’ll have to wait to find out if Tiger Woods will play the Valspar Championship

"I'm curious to see how it goes this year, because the course is going to be a totally different one than what we saw in May", said Mickelson, whose only victory in the tournament came the first time it was played in May in 2007. Woods has overcome a neck complaint and has employed a putting coach to combat the fact he had six three-putts in each of his last two tournaments.

At 34, the 2016 US Open champion is in the right age bracket and has made 10 PLAYERS appearances in his career. McIlroy has three top-10 finishes in the Players, the best a tie for sixth in 2004, but also has missed the cut four times, including previous year.

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"I have to stay fit and it's about managing it the best I can and not push it". "I think a lot of them are amusing", Day said.

There are very few perennial contenders at Sawgrass, though, with plenty of former winners mixing high finishes with missed cuts. He also has dealt with an Achilles' heel problem and what he described as a left arm issue at the 2013 U.S. Open. Woods, 43, says it's his lower back, not his neck that is the long-term concern going forward. "I've got to stay on it and have to stay as loose as I possibly can for as long as I play out here".

"It would be nice if we never heard or got asked questions about the USGA, because they should be off to the side and hopefully the rules are here to help us and help us play, " Bradley said.

For now, Woods is trying to keep his game moving in the right direction as the Masters draws near. Woods hinted that he would commit to the Match Play if he remains healthy.

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