PLAYERS: Tiger Woods talks about neck injury

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The roll call of winners at the Players over the last decade supports his thesis: it includes bombers like Tiger Woods and Jason Day but also comparative short-ballers like Matt Kuchar and defending champion Webb Simpson. "It suits all different types of game, which I think is fantastic to have a championship played that suits the whole Tour", Rose said Tuesday. He was also named New Zealand Sportsman of the Year.

Cape Town - Tiger Woods says his injury troubles are a thing of the past as he arrived at TPC Sawgrass for the Players Championship on Monday.

Woods missed a scheduled tournament for the first time since returning a year ago from spinal fusion surgery, and said it was more to make sure a growing problem that started last month in Los Angeles did not get worse.

Johnson strengthened his spot atop the World Golf Rankings with a decisive five-stroke victory over Rory McIlroy in his last outing at last month's WGC-Mexico Championship.

"It's just another hole and when you get there you pick a number, you pick club, and you try and hit a golf shot and you keep going from there".

But the 25-year-old puts that down to playing TPC Sawgrass in non-tournament condition.

The 2019 Players Championship features a field of 144 of the world's elite golfers vying for a $12.5 million purse, the largest on the PGA Tour.

It's not the first time Woods has asked someone to look at him. Assuming this week goes well and he goes to Texas for the Match Play, that would give him five tournaments before the Masters.

Koepka, who is the reigning PGA Tour Player of the Year, went on to win the CJ Cup in October to become the world No 1 for the first time in his career and is in high spirits for this week's The Players.

"I think for for awhile right after the PGA [Championship] it was, okay, well, why have I not won any regular TOUR events. I'm not going to be sitting in my bus depressed, and especially when the doctors tell me to go and walk".

"As my neck got a little bit tighter", he said, "I didn't feel comfortable with my putting, but it was - my putting was uncomfortable going into that point". I think you have a few more misses around the greens because you can chip out of the rough and the greens are softer. Because his recovery was supposed to take a few more weeks, he planned some family vacations and decided not to change his schedule. It wasn't fun. I couldn't make a backswing. "It kind of brought the whole into play, but that's just how it was and how it played and the short Bermuda rough was really hard to judge". He's averaged just under a stroke gained on his approach shots over his last four tournaments and he's rolling the rock on the greens very well since the Desert Classic.

Several players made early scouting trips to TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., ahead of The Players Championship this week, even if they have played often in the so-called "Fifth Major".