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Day optimistic major back pain will not return this week

13 March 2019

So I knew how quick it was, so I gave it a little bit more. "These greens are always dry (then), so it's very different".

Mickelson, unlike Woods and Day, is not under an injury cloud but had said he would not play if the rough was too thick. He has three Top 20 finishes in his last four starts and his ball-striking stats are right back to where they were at the beginning of a year ago when he got off to a hot start.

Former world number one Jason Day is cautiously optimistic his back problems will not flair up and hamper his challenge at this week's Players Championship in Florida. "So I'm curious to see if it's better for me or not".

Full disclosure - I was writing up the eulogy for Henrik Stenson after the 1st Round at Bay Hill last week. But I wanted him to take a look at it, and then he mentioned a few things. "But it's not the best course for me".

Hadwin, from Abbotsford, B.C., is one of three Canadians in the field at the Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

Webb Simpson won The Players previous year and will be joined in the field by an impressive list of former champions that includes Woods, Mickelson, Jason Day (2016) of Australia, Rickie Fowler (2015), Martin Kaymer (2014), Matt Kuchar (2012), Henrik Stenson (2009) of Sweden, Sergio Garcia (2008) of Spain, Si Woo Kim (2017) of South Korea and Adam Scott (2004) of Australia.

That turned out to be the reason he showed up at the Valspar past year.

For those going the television route, Golf Channel and NBC will have you covered on that end with 22 hours of coverage over four days.

Woods said his neck first bothered him last summer at the British Open, where he was seen wearing kinesiology tape, and at times during a big stretch of tournaments during the FedEx Cup playoffs. This tournament typically is the bridge event between the Masters and the U.S. Open in mid-May but here we are in March.

Holes like 16 will play a little easier as it will most likely be downwind, but the 17th could be even trickier than normal hitting into the breeze, while the 18th tee shot becomes tougher with a right-to-left crosswind pushing balls towards the water. He also enters this week's event hitting just 64.29 percent of fairways off the tee, which could cause major trouble at TPC Sawgrass. On top of that, there are times I just can't do it.

32 - There have been 32 holes-in-one at THE PLAYERS, 28 of those since the permanent move to TPC Sawgrass. Sergio is coming off a tie for ninth in the Honda and a tie for sixth in the WGC-Mexico.

Recent history suggests it's particularly hard to put together good results in back-to-back years, with none of the past eight winners having finished inside the top 15 in the previous season.

Taking place two months earlier than usual, The Players Championship remains one of the biggest golf tournaments on the PGA Tour and features a loaded field in preparation for the first major of the year--the Masters in April. With a T4 in 2017 around TPC Sawgrass followed by a T17, this is a course that suits Rafa's game and if you factor in the kind of form that he now holds, this could see him be in contention once again.

Day optimistic major back pain will not return this week