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

Rory Mc Ilroy tees off the 11th at the Players Championship

Rory Mc Ilroy is yet to win this season despite a run of fine finishes Credit Getty Images

"It's different. It is a very different test because it's not firm at all, it's very, very green".

Woods added that past year was to see if he could even play and compete again on the PGA Tour.

Kentucky-based Matt Killen was with during a nine-hole practice round.

Rickie Fowler was the first to fall foul of this when he took a penalty drop from shoulder height at the WGC-Mexico Championship and was penalised one stroke.

"It's not great mentally to come back from an injury so your confidence is hit a little bit, but overall I feel good about". "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". "I think I regret the way I was going about trying to get better". "But it's not the best course for me".

While many look at TPC Sawgrass and The Players Championship and immediately think about the island green on the 17th hole, the course as a whole offers much more than just that.

"All the notables in the game now are a reflection of what is going on in the game; they're the bombers, they hit it forever", said David Duval, the 1999 PLAYERS victor who is now a Golf Channel analyst.

The field is as strong as ever, with everyone from the top 50 in the world ranking in the 144-man field. Combining that with the design of the course that limits the use of a driver, TPC Sawgrass is going to play a lot longer than in past years.

Justin Thomas tees off the 11th at TPC Sawgrass
Justin Thomas is one of the favourites for the Players Championship Credit Getty Images

See below as we run through the tournament for you including facts, odds and picks from our own golfing professional Cliff Jackson and 32Red's Jack Milner. "I've played three tournaments this year and that's about right", he said in looking towards Augusta.

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. Johnson, Jon Rahm and Sergio Garcia are together.

But outside of those two results, he's missed six of seven cuts with only a 60th place finish to show for it. Has a victory in the Waste Management Phoenix Open among three finishes in the top five this season.

Recent history suggests it's particularly hard to put together good results in back-to-back years, with none of the past eight winners having finished inside the top 15 in the previous season.

"Everything is good", the 14-time major champion told Golfweek on Monday. Justin Rose and Justin Thomas get Xander Schauffele as a third. Reigning FedEx Cup champ has wins in the Indonesian Masters and Farmers Insurance Open since November.

Woods withdrew from last week's Arnold Palmer Invitational, an event he has won a record eight times, due to a neck strain. I have built into this year a little bit but the courses are tough.

To illustrate the distance difference, Woods noted that past year he hit a three-iron and a nine-iron to reach the 18th green on Sunday. "There are times over the years I have pushed it and I've won a few tournaments that way, but also I've cost myself a few years here and there because of it".

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