Dustin Johnson says The Players Championship should become official fifth major

Tiger Woods says a sore neck that kept him out of Bay Hill last week is no longer painful. Woods says his job is to make sure to stay fit and flexible


Before we take a closer look at the field and give the pick to win, here's a little bit about the course and the recent history of this tournament.

Tiger Woods insists his preparation is on track for next month's Masters despite a neck injury interrupting his schedule leading up to the Augusta National major.

The Rules of Golf saw a big overhaul, with the overall number reduced from 34 to 24 and many issues that caused penalties in the past - such as a ball moving on a green or hitting a ball twice - no longer do.

Woods's status for this event was up in the air after he pulled out of last week's Arnold Palmer Invitational with a neck strain, but he said earlier in the week that the decision to sit out was cautionary and that his neck feels good.

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"I've played three tournaments this year so far, and that's about right; I was (only ever) going to play three or four (before the Players)", two-time Players champion Woods said. Check in for highlights from every tournament plus player interviews, player profiles, tournament previews, swing analysis and all the greatest shots and wonderful moments. Woods is coming off back-to-back tournaments with six three-putts, a first since 1997, raising concerns that the 14-time major champion is fighting Father Time on two fronts.

"I could feel it in Mexico", Woods added.

Tiger said in the past he tried to push through such nagging injuries - and of course was successful at times, most notably the 2008 US Open where he essentially won on one leg - but he also admitted it cost him a few years of playing time. "But it's not the best course for me". Woods is the only player in the 144-man field at the TPC Sawgrass who has won The Players in March and in May.

Perhaps one of them will March to the title this week.

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On the 18th hole a year ago, in May, Woods hit 3-iron, 9-iron. "I've felt like I've done a much better job of that over the last few years, and even putting myself in contention". He withdrew during two and missed the cut in the other 13. Other short odds to prevail are Justin Thomas (16/1), while five others are listed with 20/1 odds.

He believes a maiden PGA Tour win is within his grasp. He also has a ton of familiarity with Bermuda grass on the East coast, and a top-three finish here in 2016. But he did after winning The Players Championship.

Koepka's drive power should pay dividends at TPC Sawgrass this week. He's playing with Patrick Reed and Webb Simpson. Thomas has always played well at TPC Sawgrass, and that should be expected again this weekend. He ended a five-year victory drought at the Tour Championship for his 80th career win, and now only needs three more to surpass Sam Snead as the PGA Tour's all-time victor.

Matt Wallace, England - Having won three times on the European Tour past year, Wallace finished T6 in the Arnold Palmer and T20 in the Honda the last two weeks.

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