He's a different Tiger Woods at The Players this year

Tiger Tracker Tiger Woods still trying to make birdie Sunday at Wells Fargo			Getty Images

Tiger Tracker Tiger Woods still trying to make birdie Sunday at Wells Fargo Getty Images

In 2005 at Doral, the two set out on Sunday in the final group, with Woods closing in 66 to clip Mickelson by a stroke, in what is considered one of the decade's most entertaining duels. I feel better, " Woods said.

"I didn't know what to expect this year", he said.

After seeing his three-stroke lead vanish behind wayward tee shots and a string of bogeys on Nos.

Mickelson called it the greatest golf that "has ever been played". "I wouldn't say he can't, but it's going to be very hard for him at his age and with everything he's been through". I mean that 17th hole is not easy. "It was just a bad week, and good news is wipe your hands clean and go on to the next one".

Woods has recorded two top-10 finishes on his comeback but, while his performances have raised expectations, he is just happy to be playing regularly again - something he could not envisage happening a year ago.

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Here's a look at the biggest groups along with their tee times.

"I've won numerous times not playing well but (I) found a way to score and get the job done and that's what he's doing". "But the adversity and the determination of trying to get that win was huge today". "But I think our relationship has certainly gotten a lot closer with me being a vice captain the last couple teams and sitting there and having very lengthy conversations with him about things, not just the pairings but just about things in general". From 1997 to 2013, he won 79 PGA Tour events, which is second all-time behind Sam Snead's 82 wins. This came after a promising Saturday in which he shot a 68.

"Desire and hunger (are not lacking) right now and I'm very motivated to keep pushing this (form) more and more". "I've done a lot of work on the mental side and really was able to clam myself down". I responded by asking since he missed almost half the greens, wasn't he a little harsh on the flat stick not bailing him out from a mediocre tee-to-green performance?

It will be the eighth tournament appearance for the 42-year-old already in 2018, suggesting he is finally over the back issues that blighted him for two years. Contending with the quality of talent in the field is something that Wise will carry with him. "I think he's still enamoured with distance with the driver, if he were to back off the speed and not try to hit it so far, just try and put it in play, he would have a better chance of winning".

Winners over the years have ranged from favorites such as Woods, Phil Mickelson, Greg Norman and David Duval, to the likes of outsiders such as South Korean Kim, New Zealander Craig Perks, South African Tim Clark and Canadian Stephen Ames. It will be the first time since 2001 that Mickelson and Woods have been paired together at the Players, which begins Thursday at TPC Sawgrass.

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