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Players Championship: Tiger Woods aiming to improve on poor record at Sawgrass

Last Updated: 09/05/13 1:02pm

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Tiger Woods (with coach Sean Foley in practice) has struggled at Sawgrass

Tiger Woods (with coach Sean Foley in practice) has struggled at Sawgrass

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Tiger Woods hopes he can put all the pieces of the jigsaw together and win the Players Championship for just a second time.

The world number one has won only once in 15 years at the Pete Dye-designed par 72 in Florida and has just one top 10 since that victory in 2001.

He's not alone though. Many of the other big names have struggled, with Phil Mickelson managing just one victory there and proven winners such as Ernie Els and Jim Furyk failing to add this tournament to their CV.

Rory McIlroy is the latest player to be caught out by Sawgrass, the Ulsterman missing the cut on all three visits.

Explaining those poor records, Woods said: "It is a tricky kind of golf course. We're all playing to the same spots. Pete (Dye) normally does that on most of his golf courses, he likes to angle tee shots."

Tiger also says the greens present a huge challenge. "Now that it's gone to Bermuda, these greens have gotten a lot more fiery coming into them. So it makes it even more important to hit the ball in these fairways to have a chance to spin the ball.

"You've got to have all facets of your game going here. It's one of those type of golf courses. If you're not playing well, you're going to get exposed."
Woods on Sawgrass

"You miss these greens and you've got some of the weirdest, funky little shots that you'll ever face. Playing out of Bermudagrass it's really hard to get the ball up‑and‑down."

Asked if there was a common denominator to his patchy performances at Sawgrass, Woods said different parts of his game were to blame.

"Some of the years I've driven it well and not hit my irons well, and other years I've hit the ball great and not putted well, and other years I've drove it awful and didn't score well.

"You've got to have all facets of your game going here. It's one of those type of golf courses. If you're not playing well, you're going to get exposed."

Woods on the 17th

The iconic par three 17th island hole is always a major focus at Sawgrass and Woods has found water there three times in the last 10 years. When asked which hole he feels least comfortable on, Woods had an instant answer.

"Probably 17 when it's blowing out of the north, northwest. I've hit 5‑iron into that hole. Not a good hole to hit 5‑iron to. The flag is dancing up there, and it's cold and it's about 40 degrees out. That was one of the tougher shots I've ever faced," said Woods.

"Some of the holes obviously suit my eye, some don't, but a lot of it is based on wind, what direction the wind is coming from, what shape I'm swinging well at the moment.

"Some days I'm drawing the ball better, some days I'm cutting the ball better. It just kind of goes with the flow."

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