Tiger Woods has been the main talking point in the lead up to what is famously named the ‘fifth major’, the Players Championship.
With the anniversary of his father’s death a few days ago and the added dismay of his split with girlfriend Lindsey Vonn, the former world number 1 has had little preparation for only his second event since he withdrew from the farmers insurance due to injury. Woods made an appearance at the Masters where he ultimately did what everyone doubted he could do and that was make the cut. Not only did he make the cut but he came inside the top 20. Besides the odd bad shot and club throw there were signs of the old Tiger has she showed us moments of brilliance and a touch of class around the greens.
But with sleepless nights and little practice is Tiger still tournament ready? Or will his personal problems be in the back of his mind as he tees off on Thursday.
Iron play is paramount at TPC Sawgrass and has very little room for error. The majority of golfers that can play consistently are made for this course, the likes of Zach Johnson and Luke Donald where distance isn’t on their favour but are consistent in their ball striking will thrive this week.
Although Woods did win the here in 2013, his form was second to none and he is a long way from reaching that sort of form this week.
The favourite is of course the current world number 1 and last weeks WGC- Cadillac Match Play winner Rory Mcilroy. The Northern Irishman has had an unusual 2015, with two wins on both the PGA Tour and European Tour combined, his worse position this year apart from his missed cut at the Honda Classic was a tied eleventh finish at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. His stats and finishes this year are incredible which closely resemble Tiger Woods’ dominance in 2000.