Players Championship: Tiger Woods drains his first-ever eagle at No. 9

Tiger Woods of the United States plays a shot from a bunker during practice rounds prior to THE PLAYERS Championship on the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass

He might be hesitant to put it on again.

"This Championship is more a mental test than most others".

He still has some work to do, as the great scoring conditions at TPC Sawgrass have stripped away some of the course's difficulty. It's a reminder to Woods and his supporters waiting on a surge just how hard this whole turning-back-the-clock thing is when it comes to golf. They delivered so few highlights that Mickelson's shirt was the talk of the town.

The favored left-hander, who joined Woods and different members of the potential US Ryder Cup staff at captain Jim Furyk's Ponte Vedra Seashore dwelling earlier this week, holds a report six runner-up spots within the 12 months's second main.

TIGER WOODS could soon be on his way to Ballyliffin in County Donegal for the upcoming Duty Free Irish Open.

Even Mickelson's fashion statement was a flop during Thursday's first round.

Fowler was done in by consecutive doubles that started with an errant and unlucky tee shot at the par-4 sixth. - After a low-energy opening round from the mega-pairing of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler, fans packed around the 10th tee on Friday morning at TPC Sawgrass hoping for a flip of the script. Their golf didn't match the hype.

But Woods and Mickelson failed to deliver fireworks and the much-anticipated duel soon fizzled. "I think it's really fun".

Those in the galleries had mixed reviews.

One woman near the 18th green joked, "He must have a meeting after this". "Yeah, at a used vehicle lot", added another.

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Mickelson, however, ran into trouble as he went for the green with his second shot and his ball wound up in the stands. It's fair to say their collective struggles had a negative affect on the group, but Woods didn't believe so.

Tiger Woods of the United States looks on during the final round of the 2018 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 8, 2018 in Augusta, Georgia.

"But I was concerned that that was going to be the case, and it was".

The three stars posted just one birdie through the first eight holes while Woods and Mickelson combined for four bogeys.

It might be his tournament, too.

"Carnoustie can be a brutal golf course and it was brutal that year [1999]".

Tiger Woods' first round at the Players in three years contained a big highlight (an eagle on the par-5 9th) and a big save (a 15-foot bogey putt on 18).

"Boy, it was nice to turn the round completely around there at nine", he said. Woods soon faced a 10-foot putt for bogey. After hooking an iron off the tee into the water, Woods took a penalty drop and flew the green from 270 yards out. He can't get off the par train, though, burning the edge to remain at even par.

"The last three holes I missed it a little but I know that miss and I'm going to fix it better for tomorrow", he said. "I'm doing better as time has gone on". Well, most of the afternoon anyway.

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