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Tiger Woods on Friday played like a man who wasn't going to miss consecutive cuts for the first time in his professional career.
World No. 1 Rory McIlroy played like a man who's still dazed and confused when it comes to architect Pete Dye's idiosyncratic TPC Sawgrass layout.
McIlroy has yet to play the weekend in three trips to The Players and left scratching his head on Friday after a round of 76.
"It's unbelievable," the 23-year-old Northern Irishman said.
"I shoot 14-under last week (losing in a playoff at Quail Hollow) and I feel like I hit it just the same this week, and I'm going home."
Such is the quirky nature of Sawgrass, a course that entices players with birdies, only to punish them with ugly numbers on their cards the moment they let their guard down.
Kevin Chappell, for instance, had an eagle, a birdie, a par, a bogey, a double bogey and a triple bogey, all on the front nine on Friday. In the first round, Jerry Kelly had a 2...
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We already made the case that Tiger Woods is rounding into the Tiger Woods of old in certain parts of his life. Though, his play is not quite there yet, you can see the strides elsewhere.
We’ve already chronicled that his love of checking out the ladies seems to be coming back. And the first round of The Players Championship is an indication that his love of going berserk on noisy...
The last two years, Tiger Woods was gone before The Players Championship ended because of injuries.
This time, it might be from his golf.
The TPC Sawgrass got the best of Woods again on Thursday when he couldn't give himself birdie chances with a wedge in his hand, had only one birdie on the par 5s and wound up with a 2-over 74.
Woods once went nearly eight years without missing...
After Tiger Woods hit his tee shot to open Friday's second round of The Players Championship, a fan shouted "Light the candle!"
Not sure what it means, but it certainly sounds better than "Mashed potatoes!".
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Somewhere during the walk between the driving range and the first tee, it's all going wrong for Tiger Woods.
At the Masters, he set the tone for the tournament with a snipe hook into the pines and never recovered. At Quail Hollow last week, he made bogey on the most benign of starting holes and missed the cut.
And the song remained the same Thursday at The Players Championship...
While everyone is busy talking about Tiger Woods’ surge to get him on the right side of the cut line while Rory Mcllroy heads back across the pond, Tim Clark was busy sinking the shot of the day on the 7 of the THE PLAYERS Championship at Sawgrass. At first, it looked like the South [...]
Kevin Na has a pre-shot routine longer than a “Godfather” movie, but far less entertaining. The 28-year-old golfer, who leads The Players Championship through three rounds, recognizes how ridiculous his routine is and apologizes for it.
“There’s so much on the line that I just have to sometimes back off,” Na told the media on Saturday. “Or I’ll force myself to take...
Follow Tiger Woods hole by hole in the final round of the Players
Television cameras and thousands of eyeballs focused on Tiger Woods' right foot as he made his way up the sixth fairway.
No worries, though. It was just a broken shoe.
Woods snapped the eyelet during his tee shot at the par-4 No. 5, called for a backup shoe and made a quick swap following his approach shot on the next hole. He found some rhythm a few minutes later, enough to...
That golf is a game that demands controlling dark inner demons as much as a little white ball has never been truer than it was in watching Kevin Na take the third-round lead at The Players on Saturday.
To put it mildly, it's painful watching Na play golf.
In baseball, balks are penalized. But in golf it's merely bad etiquette for...
I feel like an old man every time I talk about Tiger Woods, saying things like, “In my day, that Tiger Woods fellow used to hit the ball 400 yards with a six-iron.” Ah,but this picture does invoke memories of a happier time doesn’t it? A couple of dogs, a Swedish wife, 1.8 kids, not to mention the No. 1 ranking in the world of golf.
Unfortunately, in today’s world, Tiger...
Kevin Na was booed, taunted and heckled on nearly every hole.
The 28-year-old South Korean native even had one spectator tell him he ''better not choke'' because he had money riding on him.
Na dealt with it best he could, and even though he felt rushed at times, he never chastised fans at The Players Championship for his Sunday slide in the final round.
Kevin Na rolled in a 15-foot birdie putt on the final hole Saturday for a 4-under 68 and a one-shot lead at The Players Championship.
For all the waggles and practice swings, and even purposely missing the ball so he can start over, Na pieced together a brilliant round on the TPC Sawgrass. He had one of only three scorecards without a bogey, and the final birdie gave him the lead...
Matt Kuchar may be the Jimmy Stewart of golf, but beneath the perpetual smiles and aw-shucks disposition lays a steely competitor.
Just how tough was demonstrated on Sunday, when he overcome not just the usual barriers standing in the way to one of the game's biggest prizes, The Players, but Kevin Na, too. Na, as the world has come to discover -- to its horror -- over the past...
The only complaint about Matt Kuchar was not winning enough. He picked up a big one Sunday in The Players Championship.
Kuchar avoided the big mistakes that slowed so many other contenders - starting with Kevin Na - and kept out of the water on the TPC Sawgrass at the end. He closed with a 2-under 70 for a two-shot victory.
It was the fourth career win for Kuchar, and his first...
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Manchester City is poised to win it’s first Barclay’s Premiership title and it’s first league title since 1968! On paper, it is very unlikely they can lose their grasp on the trophy. They face off against the 17th place Queens Park Rangers who are trying to hold a spot in the top division. QPR holds a two point lead on the Bolton Wanderers...