Woods has played five stroke-play events this year, has won once and hasn’t finished worse than a ninth-place tie. Here at The Players he finished eighth, which is his third-best finish at a TPC Sawgrass course that never has suited his eye.
Sure, he never was a factor while playing in the final group Sunday – something that’s almost unheard of – but no one produces better results with an average game than Woods.
“He’s got a lot out of the golf course this week for certain positions that he’s hit it in,” said Ian Poulter, who finished second. “He’s hit it in a couple of spots which, if Joe Average hits it in there, he’s shooting 3, 4, 5 over par on the day.”