Woods no long feeling pain in the neck at Players

Woods no long feeling pain in the neck at Players

Woods no long feeling pain in the neck at Players

While Woods has finished 20th, 15th and 10th in his three tournaments so far this season, world number two Justin Rose comes into the week on the back of some uncharacteristically poor form.

Woods revealed that the neck problem is linked to the spinal fusion surgery he underwent in April 2017, but added: "It's not painful now".

Eddie Pepperell showed up to the group press conference for Players Championship first-timers 20 minutes late, slapped his cheeks a couple times, and then held court.

"It is not painful now", said Woods, who will play Thursday's opening round with defending champion Webb Simpson and Masters victor Patrick Reed.

Woods said he first felt the pain at the Genesis Open at Riviera a month ago but it got increasingly worse the following week at the WGC Mexico Championship.

The world's best golfers were back on the course Friday morning for the Player's Championship. Ended up getting back to 3 - still was a good fight to get to that point - but as of right now I'm six back, which is definitely doable on this golf course. "It got up in the wind and it just rode it". "I hit some bad shots early, rectified that, made a few adjustments, and then went about my business, and then the back nine, there's nine holes on the back nine, made one par, so that was interesting".

Dustin Johnson is among those who look forward to the move to March, even though he has only played this event in May.

The fact that Woods looked so comfortable for the majority of the day indicates he's capable of a similar run. It's just the golf course plays so much shorter in May than it does in March. Woods acknowledged that the neck injury might be playing a role in his putting woes. The tournament was eventually won in a playoff with Sutton defeating - guess who - Tiger Woods. "I was starting to get a little stiffer and tighter and unfortunately I was hitting the ball halfway decent but it wasn't hitting it hard". "I've got to stay fit, 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". "And that's the tricky part, it's just a wedge and you want to get it somewhere up there where you got a chance to make birdie, but you just can't afford to land it too far up on top". "I've seen Matt out here in the past year because he works with JT a lot and Matt has seen my stroke enough". He was 1 under, tied for 55th, when he left the green.

Tommy Fleetwood played in the afternoon and opened birdie-eagle-birdie as he approached the turn.

He withdrew from last week's 2019 Arnold PalmerInvitational due to a neck strain before returning to the course for this week's tournament. He posted scores of 71, 70, 77, and 75. "We're going to have to hit more clubs off the tees, have a little bit longer clubs into the greens, but the difference is the greens are much slower and much more receptive".

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