McIlroy 'ready' to win the Players Championship

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Woods is a two-time victor of The Players Championship, having won the tournament in 2013 and 2001. Anyone who does not qualify for Sunday will receive prize money for their position.

Missing the cut was Rickie Fowler, Rory McIlroy, Hideki Matsuyama and Phil Mickelson.

THE PLAYERS already referred to by many as the ¨unofficial fifth major¨ but some have wondered if it should get that official title so that winners can have the designation of a major champion.

The 2012 US Open champion drained three from close to 20 feet on 12, 13 and 14 before holing out from off the green at the next, his ball hitting the cup at pace and dropping. That was a year ago, and he had to close with a 68 to finish that high.

Arguably the biggest-and certainly the most lucrative-of the non-major tournaments on the PGA Tour, the Players Championship typically brings out the world's best, and that's no different in 2018 with every single player ranked inside the Top 50 set to tee it up at TPC Sawgrass.

Last week, it was poor putting.

When Woods was asked why he's struggling to put all aspects of his game together, he responded: 'That's golf unfortunately. But the island green at #17 is famous for a reason; obviously there's some gimmickry there, but it's also just a wedge for pros, and a great example of how psychology and the visual elements of a hole can wreak havoc on players. "I hit a lot of good shots today and it was nice to see a few putts go in". And although he isn't counting the money from his winner's check just yet, that's part of what got him to this point. His average distance from the pin was almost 39 feet. Lee shot a 31 on the back nine with a double bogey on the 11th hole.

"I didn't hit the ball close enough", he said. I was really happy for him.

"Fingers crossed there's no wind in the morning and I can go out and make a hot run early".

"It was probably a fair reflection of how I played". To be 11-under par, it's a shame he doesn't finish it off.

The 42-year-old Woods returned to tour this year after rehabbing from a fourth back surgery and has shown mixed results.

"My dad used to always look after me", Schwartzel said.

Keep this in mind: Simpson shot a 63 with a double bogey. We aren't quite there with him this time around, but Saturday will be massive for the Australian. The PGA Championship would be played 16 years later and the game's newest major was first contested in 1934.

'Never in a million years did I think someone would have a chance to shoot 61 around here, ' said an incredulous Sir Nick Faldo, on American television. I actually put a lot of it down to that and I've learnt to like the golf course - I've had to do that a lot with Pete Dye courses. "I'm just never inside that range which I should be with the irons I'm having".

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