The first Players Championship pairing reveal is juicy

Wells Fargo Championship- Round Three

Wells Fargo Championship- Round Three

"That was one of the very few times, if not the first time we played together the first two rounds". "Hit some good drives that just ended up off the fairway, some landed in the fairway, so I wasn't disappointed with that". 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?

"I didn't putt well again", Woods said of his performance Sunday (via

The tournament was won by Australia's Jason Day, who carded a final round of 69 to win by two strokes from Aaron Wise and Nick Watney, after finishing his week on 12 under par.

But it wasn't always that easy for Mickelson. Play starts on Thursday.

Of course, if Woods gets in contention on the weekend, context and gratitude and thoughtfulness will all go out the window.

In his mind, the pace of the greens is faster than they really are. But now, after middling, distinctly flawed showings at the Masters and the Wells Fargo Championship, expectations have readjusted again, settling somewhere around cautious optimism.

Mainly because of Woods, Mickelson has never been PGA Tour player of the year, has never been No. 1 in the world and has never won the money title.

Tiger Woods just finished another golf tournament. "I struggled with it", he said.

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Suarez started and finished off a quick attack when he played Roberto clear down the hole left by Marcelo on the right flank. After 4 minutes, Cristiano Ronaldo burst into the box, the heel threw the ball to Kroos.

Contrast that with tournament victor Jason Day.

Tuesday, as Woods made his return to The Players for the first time since 2015, he was in a more reflective mood as he discussed everything, ranging from his past experience at TPC Sawgrass, to his grouping with Phil Mickelson, to being a role model for some of the best young players on Tour. He wasn't as efficient from the rough as Tiger, with 10 fewer GIR.

All three in the group have won the Players Championship before, although Woods last won in 2013 and Mickelson's sole victory was back in 2007.

That Woods and Phil Mickelson once had one of golf's most intense rivalries is as well known as the mutual antipathy that existed while it was going on.

"That was one of those special years where he hit the ball well". Where Day played to his 2018 profile is with the putter in his hands, particularly from close range. He's got to put the ball in play off the tee. It really did. You look at it and say, 'How am going to going to beat this?' There was a stretch there for a numbers of years that it was so impressive that it was hard to imagine that it was actually happening, that he was hitting some of the shots that he was hitting and playing that well.

Dan Reardon has covered golf for radio station KMOX in St. Louis for 33 years.

The two are arguably the biggest stars in the sport over the past two decades, winning a combined 19 major championships (with 14 from Woods).

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