Woods eyes driving improvement at Sawgrass

May 12, 2018, 07:42
Woods eyes driving improvement at Sawgrass

That included six birdies in a row from Nos. Defending champion Kim Si-woo, of South Korea, was among a group one stroke behind on a morning of low scoring, but not all of the big names thrived.

Jordan Spieth even said it was "harder to win than a major". Part of the lucratice Rolex Series, which boasts a $7m purse, the tournament has been on the rise over recent seasons and, with player announcements expected over the coming weeks, championship director Simon Alliss has admitted Woods' attendance would be another major boost.

"He's obviously the best player that's ever played the game", Bale said, speaking ahead of The Players Championship.

"No, no, I have my own struggles".

"It'd be unbelievable to see Tiger lift the trophy again", said Bale, who is preparing for the Champions League final against Liverpool in Kiev on May 26.

Tiger Woods chips onto the eighteenth green in the second round of THE PLAYERS Championship on Friday.

Barring a significant turnaround Friday, Lefty will miss the cut at the Players for the fifth time in the last six years.

For his part, 14-time major victor Woods said Mickelson was the name he always looked for on a leaderboard. Kim, meanwhile, reached seven-under after 16 holes, but ran up two straight bogeys as he got a late case of the hooks. "I think it is going to be an incredible event and it will surprise everybody".

Tiger Woods endured a disappointing start to The Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass, and through eight holes, Woods had struggled mightily off the tee and wasn't much better with his putter. He managed to get on the green from there, but missed an 8-footer for par. Mickelson followed up a 79 with 73, while Fowler made back-to-bag double-bogeys on the back nine to finish at one-over for the two days.

The former world number one's appearance at Ballyliffin GC would give the local tournament's profile a monumental rise.

Unfortunately, Woods pulled his 18th tee shot of the day into the water left of the fairway and had to settle for his fourth bogey of the day, giving him even par at 72 for the day.

It was nice to turn it completely around there at nine, but I had two par-fives on the back nine and could have played those under par.

"They were into it early", Woods said.

Schwartzel said he was getting the club too far behind, and he could never get it back on line.

"Rory (McIlroy) is committed to helping build the strongest field we can get and I am sure he has taken the time to chat with the guys on the PGA Tour informally".

The quality of the golf did little to keep fans awake.

Woods, 42, also spoke of his admiration for Mickelson and particularly his attention when Woods was away for most of the past two years dealing with his nagging back injuries.

Mickelson looked more like an office worker than a golf pro in his long-sleeve buttoned shirt, and like many a middle-aged salary man, he had an afternoon energy issue.