A glance at the record books would confirm that the TPC course at Sawgrass has never been one of Rory McIlroy's favourite venues.
Dustin Johnson enters The Players Championship as the No. 1-ranked golfer in the Official World Golf Ranking.
This will allow him for unlimited sponsor exemptions for the remainder of the season and if he finishes inside the top-125 of the FedExCup points standing, he will become the first Thai to earn a PGA Tour card.
'It's amusing, I started staying on the beach a few years ago and that's made the event a lot more enjoyable, ' the 29-year-old said.
"I was a little stubborn the first few years I came here and was trying to sort of break away from that, but, yeah, you just have to play this golf course a certain way and be a little bit better than everyone else with your irons and your wedges, and that's usually a good combination around here". "But now it's more like ... if I remained No 2 and won majors, and was No 1 for a long time and won six, I'd take the first one".
Jason Day reasserted his credentials with a nerveless effort on the final stretch of the Wells Fargo Championship, collecting his second title this year.
The victor of 11 PGA Tour titles hasn't won this year and has four top-10s in 10 individual starts.
"We've always had a mutual respect over the years, and I've always appreciated what he's done for the game of golf", added Mickelson. "So yeah, I think it is about time I step up and give myself a chance on Sunday".
However he posted top-10 finishes in 2014, 2015 and 2016 before a distant share of 35th last season, when he was battling a rib injury.
"There's no way of faking it around this golf course", said Woods, who won his first U.S. Amateur at Sawgrass in 1994. "All we can do with anybody's golf swing is narrow the deviation and avoid the big misses and ensure the swing path is a lot more neutral and then you can use your body to shape the shots".
"So, yeah, it gives you motivation".
World No. 4 Spieth could be one of the top contenders in Florida this week if he finds his best form.
"My last 27 holes at Hilton Head, I was two-for-15 inside 10 feet for birdie", he said.
"This is my ninth time here so I'm not a spring chicken anymore", McIlroy said.
Former world No1 Rory McIlroy insists his latest Masters disappointment is behind him as he prepares for a tilt at the other Major, albeit unofficial, missing from his CV on Thursday.
"I spent a lot of time working on my wedges last week because I nearly think you are better off just chipping out and leaving a full shot a lot of times instead of getting it up around the greens and having to chip out here", he said. It stormed like three or four of the days, so got kind of a bit of rest and work.
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