Day optimistic major back pain will not return this week

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He mentioned a few things and, as I started to feel a bit better this past week, the putting definitely freed up. He was also named New Zealand Sportsman of the Year. However, his last outing at The Honda Classic - a tournament that he has performed strongly in over the years - resulted in a MC, yet this could have given him the extra preparation time required for this week.

A relaxed-looking Woods said he was no longer suffering pain from the neck strain which he said was linked to the back fusion surgery that allowed him to resume his career. However, Johnson arrives at TPC Sawgrass with a lot to prove after taking the first-round lead at last year's tournament before sinking to a 17th place finish as a +2000 wager at online sports betting sites. "It was getting to the point where it was affecting my set up, my back swing, my through swing". The man just can't get out of his own way on the greens.

No matter. Of Woods' two wins here at the PGA Tour's headquarters, one came in March, the other in May, showing he seems to have figured out the Pete Dye layout no matter what the conditions.

In his previous year on the PGA Tour, Perks played 15 tournaments.

Although it doesn't appear to be a permanent relationship, it's the first time Woods has worked with a coach of any sort since parting with Chris Como in 2017.

Koepka will play alongside 2015 Players champion Rickie Fowler and three-time major victor Jordan Spieth over the opening two rounds at TPC Sawgrass and the 28-year-old admits his motivation has been hurt after some of his success. The WGC Match Play tournament is the other.

SportsLine's prediction model, built by DFS pro Mike McClure, has nailed four of the past eight majors entering the weekend and called Tiger Woods' deep run in the PGA Championship despite being a 25-1 long shot.

Former world number one Jason Day is cautiously optimistic his back problems will not flair up and hamper his challenge at this week's Players Championship in Florida. "I'm right where I need to be".

"The best players in the world think they've got a better chance to win, which they do, but I think that it's slightly condensed". "I don't understand what to think of the USGA anymore".

As for his health, Woods does not consider that a major concern. "I understand that I'm going to have good weeks and bad weeks", Woods continued.

"Last few years I've struggled around here", said the American. I have to pick my days and I've got to pick my hours. "I think it's a great test".

For now, Woods is trying to keep his game moving in the right direction as the Masters draws near.

Johnson, coming off a five-shot victory in Mexico City three weeks ago, has never finished higher than a tie for 12th in his 10 starts.

Fellow Australian Cameron Smith also has a lacklustre history at the Players despite the Ponte Vedra Beach resident using Sawgrass as his home base to practise and play.