Players Championship: Fitzpatrick 'just can't afford to miss the greens'

Alicia Farmer
May 10, 2018

". I have not won The Players, and we look at this tournament up there in about equal value with the major championships". Unofficially dubbed the 'fifth major, ' The Players is highly regarded and played at the famous TPC at Sawgrass course.

"I was a little stubborn the first few years I came here and was trying to sort of break away from that, but, yeah, you just have to play this golf course a certain way and be a little bit better than everyone else with your irons and your wedges, and that's usually a good combination around here".

Casey had been due to tee off with Russell Knox and Alex Noren on Thursday, but world number 163 Mitchell has been handed a chance to impress.

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Spieth missed the cut at the Waste Management Open in Phoenix and the Valspar Championship, which he won in 2015, but put together a pair of third-place finishes at the Houston Open and the Masters in back-to-back weeks in which he had only one round over par.

Only six players have ever won the Players Championship on multiple occasions-Jack Nicklaus won three, while Fred Couples, Steve Elkington, Hal Sutton, Davis Love III and Woods all have two.

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After the three-hole aggregate playoff (holes 16-18) ended with Kevin Kisner and Fowler still tied, they returned to the 17th for sudden-death. Si-woo not only won this tournament previous year, but he had a top-25 performance back in 2016 as well.

Woods says that good friend Day is learning how to win without his A-game. "So, you got to be - I mean whoever is winning is taking care of business, beating the best players at the time and conquering one of the toughest courses that we play". That's almost unthinkable. And the last tee shot, which you'll see below, was dangerously close to costing him the tournament.

Speaking after a media event to showcase The First Tee Experience family pavilion at the golf tournament, Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan said Monday he hopes groundbreaking for the headquarters will take place in late June or July. "I think the scores will potentially go lower with a change in grass type".

"It's hard to dominate because the talent level is so good", Johnson said. To always be at the top, always competing for the win, is being pretty dominant. And it worked out great last week for me. Just about every week, I feel like I've had a chance to win.

But Woods believes close friend Day is a now more complete golfer. He looks at dominance over a five-year window. "You've got to have all facets of your game working if you want to contend around here".

"I think it is the best golf in all of golf". Poulter is a fiery guy, and I can see him feeding off the huge, energized galleries en route to another high finish.

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