Tiger 'feeling good' as he arrives for the Players

Golf: Day optimistic major back pain will not return this week

Golf: Day optimistic major back pain will not return this week

PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan made that clear Wednesday during a news conference at TPC Sawgrass, where the tour's signature event, the Players Championship, begins Thursday. THE PLAYERS Championship remains a tough, tough test of golf.

But with his neck now pain-free, Woods says his putting has also come around as he chases a third Players title, regarded golf's unofficial fifth major, and 81st career PGA Tour win.

Once again, the Northern Irishman was in the final pairing at last week's Arnold Palmer Invitational.

"I felt like I could have got something in the 60s today and got off to not actually the best of starts", Woods said. "There are times when over the years I've pushed it, I've won a few tournaments doing that but I've also cost myself a few years doing that".

"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".

Having had four back surgeries, Woods celebrated a return to the winner's circle last season with a stunning victory at the Tour Championship.

Woods said he has been dealing with the strain for a few weeks. "It was getting to the point where it was affecting my set up, my back swing, my through swing".

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"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. It appears Tiger Woods is still on track to play in the Masters. The Players has had 10 different winners each of the last 10 years, with 2018 champion Webb Simpson and other recent winners Si Woo Kim, Jason Day and Rickie Fowler looking to buck the trend this year.

Mickelson apparently has chose to play, meaning the top 50 players in the World Golf Rankings will be in the field at TPC Sawgrass.

Whenever a player with Woods' injury history has to pull out of an event, it's sure to ignite rumors that his end is near.

Unlike other professional sports leagues, such as the NFL and National Basketball Association, which have their own rules that differ from how the game is played at other levels, the various professional tours have always adhered to the Rules of Golf.

Woods played between five and six times before the Masters during younger and healthier times over the last 15 years. I am going to have good weeks and bad weeks.

"Well, it wasn't like I had to do a lot", Woods said.

"My finishes are getting a little bit better each time and I've gotten a little more consistent with my play", he said. Woods has 14 major triumphs while Nicklaus is the all-time leader with 18. "I'm 43 with four back surgeries". Has been hit-and-miss at TPC Sawgrass, with four top-10 results including ties for sixth in 2014 and 2017, but has missed the cut in his four other appearances in the Fifth Major, including a year ago. That's because my lower back is fused.

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