"Therefore, guys like Rickie, who kind of catches some slack for having not won a major yet, essentially he's won what's harder to win than a major: The Players". The back page of the Palm Beach Post boomed "Tiger Impresses", coupled with a subdeck that read "Woods finishes 12th at Honda Classic as Thomas wins".
"I've learnt to like the golf course, and I've had to do that a lot with Pete Dye courses", he said. This is one of the toughest golf tournaments to win, so hard that since its inception in 1974, nobody has ever won in consecutive years and only six players have won it a couple of times. Usually, I wouldn't recommend using a player who won last week, but Day has proven capable of winning back to back tournaments, as he won the Arnold Palmer Invitational and WGC-Match Play in consecutive weeks in 2016. That's seriously unusual. Obviously, we were looking for some much higher finishes, but T-21 isn't bad.
After a year and two months at the top of the rankings, Dustin Johnson is starting to look fragile.
But the Northern Irishman says he has slowly learned the keys to success after missing the cut on his first three visits, and has at least given himself a chance of contending in his past few starts. The tight layout of the Stadium Course could create even more chaos. That run includes Casey's first PGA Tour victory since 2009, at the Valspar Championship in March.
Mickelson said Woods' performances in the early 2000s - he won four straight majors from 2000-2001, including the U.S. Open by a record 15 strokes - was the "benchmark" and the "greatest" golf ever played. He has finished out of the top 20 in just over half his appearances, some of those when he was the most dominant player in golf.
"The venue is wonderful and the golf course is really nice".
Winners over the years have ranged from favourites such as Woods, Phil Mickelson, Greg Norman, David Duval, South Korean Kim, New Zealander Craig Perks, South African Tim Clark and Canadian Stephen Ames. That includes the top five players in the world, all of whom have a mathematical chance to be No. 1 by the end of the week. "You have to move the ball around on this course and I love a challenging course, especially against a top field", he said.
Rory McIlroy plays his shot from the seventh tee during the final round of the Wells Fargo Championship golf tournament at Quail Hollow Club. "I think that's what Pete Dye does so well". "I think it will enhance this tournament even more".
The PLAYERS Championship betting favorites at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com this week are the usual suspects for the most part: Rory McIlroy (+1400), Jason Day (+1400), Justin Thomas (+1400), and Jordan Spieth (+1400).
The forecast is for warm temperatures, which should translate into a firm, fast course. "This is a place where we know we can play well at and we know we can win at". "We have always looked at each other and said, where is he on the board", he said.
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