After taking last week off, Tiger Woods ready to go at Players

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Tiger Woods has been dealing with neck pain that forced him to withdraw from last week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational

Jack Nicklaus won The Players a record three times, while Woods is tied with Davis Love III, Fred Couples, Hal Sutton and Steve Elkington at two titles apiece.

Tiger Woods of the United States putts on the 17th green during the third round of THE PLAYERS Championship on the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass on May 12, 2018 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

While Johnson aims for consecutive victories, McIlroy will be vying for a sixth straight finish among the top six as a +1200 co-favourite on the Players Championship odds. This hole has shattered the dreams of many PGA Tour pros but it is one of the most exciting holes to watch on Tour.

The Kiwi scored one of the game's most stunning and memorable triumphs when he won what's considered men's golf's "Fifth Major". But in those two starts, he's finished 23rd and 22nd. Anyone who has followed the model is up huge. He has played the event in both its March and May slots, so he has that experience as well.

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Only five of the past 15 winners were major champions - including Simpson previous year - and Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are the only winners during that spell to have won multiple majors.

Former world number one Tiger Woods reported for duty at the Players Championship on Tuesday, insisting he was fully recovered from the neck problem which forced him to skip last week's Arnold Palmer Invitational.

Woods said his neck first bothered him last summer at the British Open, where he was seen wearing kinesiology tape, and at times during a big stretch of tournaments during the FedEx Cup playoffs. Moved to May, the winners have similarly varied games, whether it was Phil Mickelson and Jason Day, or Tim Clark and K.J. Choi.

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Italian Francesco Molinari has also gained momentum coming into the Players after a spectacular putting performance nabbed him the Arnold Palmer Invitational last week. He shot eight-under on the final day, beating Matthew Fitzpatrick by two strokes.

Mickelson apparently has made a decision to play, meaning the top 50 players in the World Golf Rankings will be in the field at TPC Sawgrass. He has three Top 20 finishes in his last four starts and his ball-striking stats are right back to where they were at the beginning of past year when he got off to a hot start.

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. Anyone who backs these underdogs could hit it big. Woodland played really well in the fall and the early part of 2019. But what won't change will be the importance of having a strong command on the approach shots into the hard Pete Dye greens, and there's not a lot of golfers doing that better this year than Cameron Smith.

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