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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 286
COVER STORY TIGER WOODS BEST: 1st (2001 & 2013). 2017: DNP. Now that everyone can agree Tiger is officially back from his numerous back injuries and operations, the question is: when and where will his first win come? Of the tournaments on his schedule each year, The Players hasn’t been Tiger’s favourite, despite him being one of only six multiple winners of the event. But the return of Woods’ power combined with his much-improved short game should hold him in good stead around TPC Sawgrass if he can find a few fairways. And if the 42-year-old is looking for extra motivation, one more Players title would equal Jack Nicklaus as the only three-time champion ... not that Tiger ever needs any motivating. PHIL MICKELSON BEST: 1st (2007). 2017: T41. ‘Lefty’ is making his 25th Players Championship start this week and his rejuvenated game earns him a spot on this list as a genuine chance to join the exclusive list of multiple champions. The mercurial American has ridden a hot putter to eight top-20s this season, including his first win since 2013 at the WGC-Mexico Championship – and he will feel a weight off his shoulders after his T41 here last year ended a streak of four consecutive missed cuts. Like his long-time rival Woods, Phil will need the driver to behave if he is to be in with a shot. JORDAN SPIETH BEST: T4 (2014). 2017: CUT. After tying for fourth in his first visit to TPC Sawgrass, it appeared The Players was yet another PGA Tour event which Spieth would dominate for years to come. However, three straight missed cuts since his debut means the 24-year-old is one to keep an eye on this week to see if he can once again figure out the Pete Dye design. A near course record final round at Augusta suggests Spieth’s game is close as he searches for Tour title number 12, with his normally reliable putting the only aspect of his game holding him back.
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