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 the cut. Now he's in danger of missing the cut for the second straight week.
''It certainly wasn't the most positive start,'' Woods said. ''Any kind of momentum that I would build, I would shoot myself in the foot on the very next hole. Just one of those days.''
Woods is a notoriously slow starter on the Stadium Course. In his 15th year at The Players Championship, he has yet to break 70 in the opening round. In this case, however, conditions were ideal for scoring under warm sunshine, with the wind not picking up until the middle of the round.
Ian Poulter opened with a 65, and 13 other players from th...