Woods, Day feel good before PGA's Players
Tiger Woods and Jason Day have seemingly dispelled doubts about their participation in this week's The Players Championship in Florida when ther arrived on Monday.
Woods pulled out of last week's Arnold Palmer Invitational citing a neck strain, which raised the possibility that he might also miss the PGA Tour's flagship event.
But it seems his decision to skip a tournament he has won eight times was more precautionary than the result of a serious problem.
"I feel good," the 14-times major champion told Golfweek as he left his vehicle at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra, three days before the first round.
"I needed last week off... I didn't want to push it."
Australian Day pulled out of the Arnold Palmer Invitational during the first round last Thursday, citing back pain and reporting that an MRI had revealed a tear in a disc.
"My back feels a lot better," he told Golf Digest after playing 18 holes.
Woods has won the Players Championship twice, most recently in 2013, while Day won the tournament in 2016.
Woods, who had spinal fusion surgery two years ago to resurrect a career that had been in danger of coming to a premature end, last played at the WGC-Mexico Championship, where he finished equal 10th on February 24.
Phil Mickelson was also on site at TPC Sawgrass on Monday, indicating that the big names will all participate in the event.
Unlike Woods and Day, Mickelson is not under an injury cloud but had said he would not play if the rough was too thick.
However, after he missed the cut at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, Mickelson was an early arrival at TPC Sawgrass on Sunday, and was at the course again on Monday.
He tweeted that the course had "very little rough".