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Which is Tiger Woods most likely to do this week win or miss the cut

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Coming off a missed cut last week at Quail Hollow, is Tiger Woods more likely to repeat that performance or win his second Players Championship title? GolfChannel.com editorial director Jay Coffin and senior writer Randall Mell offer their takes.


By JAY COFFIN

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Tiger Woods is more likely to miss the cut this week. Sounds crazy, but all the evidence suggest it’s significantly more likely than a victory.

“It’s getting better,” Woods said Tuesday here at The Players about his game. “It couldn’t get any worse.”

Sounds like maybe it can.

The facts are the facts or as Woods himself likes to say, it is what it is. Woods is hitting it sideways off the tee, has been for more than a week now. He didn’t even sniff the cut last week at Quail Hollow. Then, Jay Haas didn’t exactly say Woods was in top form Monday during their practice round at TPC Sawgrass.

The last straw was Tuesday when Woods’ golf ball found the aqua on five occasions during his nine holes of practice. Five times in nine holes? Seriously?

Then look at Woods’ record here. Even though he won in 2001 it’s his worst record at an event on the PGA Tour with an average finish of 20th in the 12 times he’s played here. Combine all the aforementioned arithmetic with the much publicized fact that Woods isn’t a fan of the Stadium Course and it could be a recipe for another big, sloppy MC.

By RANDALL MELL

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Tiger Woods won’t miss back-to-back cuts for the first time in his career.

Bank on it.

As much as he is struggling, he wins The Players Championship in a rout before that happens.

Yeah, I know, Woods looked awful at Quail Hollow and appears to have more serious issues with his swing than we’ve ever seen, but he can win at the TPC Sawgrass Stadium Course without his driver. He can win without his best ball striking. He can win with stitches and bandages holding together his swing. What he can’t win without, however, is his best putting stroke. He’s the greatest putter the game’s ever known. It’s the great equalizer in his arsenal. He erases mistakes like nobody of this generation with that flat stick. He doesn’t dominate hitting it by anyone anymore. He dominates with that magic wand pouring in putts.

Woods also can’t win with a fractured spirit, but his game appears to be his great escape now. It’s what he can pour himself into as healing therapy. It’s a tool he can use to help rehabilitate those inner wounds. It’s only a matter of time until the truth in that re-awakens his game with a fury.