Tiger Zeroes In on Players Championship


Theyre all here, everyone from Tiger Woods to Adam Scott. The Players Championship is the first big tournament of the year before the four majors. Many people believe it as the best field of all.
We all say that once we get to Florida is when we start focusing on getting ready for the Players Championship and the Masters, Woods said. He warmed up for this week when he won Bay Hill in Orlando last week for his first victory of the year. Last year, he used Bay Hill as a springboard to four wins in a row, which included the Players Championship here for his second victory.
Woods won the Masters in his next tournament after the Players, then wound it up with a victory in his fourth straight outing, the Memorial.
The stress of competing under those conditions in that environment definitely wears on your immune system, said Woods. Yeah, youre pretty tired and worn out and exhausted by the time your final putt goes in on Sunday.
In addition to the field from the U.S., a number of international players saturate the field. Robert Allenby, Greg Chalmers, Steve Elkington, Paul Gow, Geoff Ogilvie, Craig Parry, Greg Norman, Grant Waite and Adam Scott lead the field from Australia with Frank Nobilo and Michael Campbell from New Zealand; Ernie Els and Retief Goosen, Rory Sabbatini, David Frost and Fulton Allem from South Africa; Colin Montgomerie, Paul McGinley, Lee Westwood, Darren Clarke, Paul Laurie, Nick Faldo and Padraig Harrington are from Britain and Ireland;
Sergio Garcia, Jose Maria Olazabal, Miguel Angel Jimenez are from Spain; Mike Weir and Glen Hnatiuk from Canada; Shigeki Maruyama, Kaname Yokoo and Shingo Katayama are from Japan; Jesper Parnevik, Per-Ulrik Johannson and Niclas Fasth are from Sweden; while Bernhard Langer, Carlos Franco, Vijay Singh, Stephen Ames, K.J. Choi, Nick Price and Esteban Toledo round out the international field.
All will be chasing Woods, who is back in his adopted state of Florida and having a second-place finish at the Genuity Championships at Doral, as well as the win at Bay Hill.
The wins just sort of crept up on Woods last year. When I was competing, (I) dont really look at it as four in a row, he said. Even though I won, I didnt really look at it that Id won four in a row.
As Ive gone on throughout the year, I have gained a greater appreciation for four in a row. It is a pretty neat accomplishment, and to be able to say that Ive done it, Im very proud of that.
Check out this week's field