Ewan Murray expects March to make big difference to The Players Championship

Players Championship Round 1 Recap Keegan Bradley Tommy Fleetwood share lead at 7-under	
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Players Championship Round 1 Recap Keegan Bradley Tommy Fleetwood share lead at 7-under Gregory Shamus Getty Images

"It's not painful now", Woods said.

Woods, who will play at TPC Sawgrass after missing the Arnold Palmer Invitational last week because of a neck strain, says he doesn't have a preference, March or May, "Because I've won them both". Tiger, who also was second in 2000 and eighth in 2009, has three top 20s in as many starts this year after winning the Tour Championship in October.

There were concerns when Woods decided not to risk playing at Bay Hill last week as a result of an injury that had been troubling him "for a few weeks".

It flared up again at the Genesis Open last month, and then got worse in Mexico City the following week. "It was getting to the point where it was affecting my set up, my back swing, my through swing". "It was just gradually getting worse".

"The stress has to go somewhere if I don't have movement, so it's very important for me to keep pliable".

Valspar is one of only two realistic tournaments remaining for Woods to play before the Masters in early April.

That turned out to be the reason he showed up at the Valspar previous year.

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Among the favourites are American Dustin Johnson, ranked number one in the world, coming off a win at the WGC-Mexico Championship, and the 6th-ranked Rory McIlroy from Northern Ireland. Woods has played in three tournaments so far this year, which he said is "about right". The list of past Players champions is not necessarily star-studded, but rather is littered with a random array of stars, tour journeymen and even some one-hit wonders.

Woods will be grouped with last year's victor Webb Simpson and 2018 Masters champion Patrick Reed, teeing off for round one at 1:27pm EST (1727 GMT) tomorrow. "A lot of the tee shots are hard so if I can do that well and be aggressive then hopefully I can do enough other things right to be up there". 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. If I would have gotten my rounds in last week, it would have been four tournaments, so I'm right there where I need to be.

I think it's a good move to have The Players in March, but I can't see it becoming an official fifth major. I think you have a few more misses around the greens because you can chip out of the rough and the greens are softer.

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. He also has dealt with an Achilles' heel problem and what he described as a left arm issue at the 2013 U.S. Open. That's because my lower back is fused.

"The USGA makes the rules and we've got to follow them and maybe someday that would change - but I doubt it".

I likely will not go insane in tournament play this week, and will instead hone in on constructing the safest cash game team possible this week.

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