Sam: Tiger Woods at the Players

Published On: May 07 2013 05:48:18 PM EDT   Updated On: May 08 2013 04:48:46 PM EDT

Tiger Woods practicing chipping on number two at the Players.


“Its about the angles and that makes it tough.” And with that, Tiger Woods explained why the TPC Stadium course is so difficult for the best players in the world.  Pete Dye intended that way, and Tiger acknowledged that in his annual pre-tournament press conference.  “It’s pretty typical Pete.  There aren’t many holes where you can just let out the driver.  You have to find the right angles.  And if you miss on the greens, you have some of the funkiest chips and lies you’ll ever see,” he explained.

Woods’ average finish is 21st at The Players at the Stadium Course.  He won in 2001 but doesn’t see the course in it’s current form favoring any type of player.  “You have to hit it straight,” Tiger added to no one’s surprise.  “But you also have to have it in the right spot to come in to the green from the right angle.”  The change to Bermuda greens has also made the course more difficult according to the world’s number one player.  “Since the change to Bermuda it’s made some of these greens hot.  It’s tough to get it close.  And if you miss, you need a little luck.”

After his appearance at the Masters, Tiger said he took a week off and did nothing to do with golf and got back to training and working on his game about a week and a half ago.  He’s a bit trimmer than he was a year ago, probably attributed to his ability to work out at the level he wants to without being injured.   When asked about his game after playing only 4 holes and going to the range, Tiger said he’s “very pleased,” with his game, which of course, is bad news for the rest of the field.

He’s  part of the afternoon/morning tee grouping on Thursday and Friday at this year’s Players.


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