Woods Awaiting Players Championship Battle With Mickelson, Confirms Entry For The Open

Tiger Woods set to play at the Open Championship

Tiger Woods believes a morning tee time and hot weather could be the ideal recipe to help him charge up the leaderboard on day two at the Players Championship. Woods at least gave fans one moment of excitement when he rolled in a 20-foot putt for eagle from the fringe at the par-five ninth.

He still has some work to do, as the great scoring conditions at TPC Sawgrass have stripped away some of the course's difficulty. He's Tiger Woods, he's the biggest name in golf and what he's achieved, for me he's the best golfer to ever play the game.

Woods confirmed his entry for The Open at Carnoustie and Pádraig Harrington set pulses racing when he implied that the American should play at the Irish Open as he is in need of match practice.

World number eight McIlroy went into his second round at one-under par but after six straight opening pars the Northern Ireland star found himself outside of the cut-off mark with back-to-back bogeys at the seventh and eighth.

"I feel like I have my playing feels back".

Woods' playing partner Phil Mickelson endured a torrid end to his first round as he came home in 79 and struggled with his energy levels, the three-time Masters champion dropping seven shots in the final four holes.

"I got to shoot something in the probably mid-60s both days to get myself up there to have a chance or something", Woods said. Two very good golf shots. "That's not the start I wanted to have, and, unfortunately, kind of went the rest of the day the same way".

At the top of the leaderboard after Round 1, there is a six-way tie among Dustin Johnson, Matt Kuchar, Patrick Cantlay, Chesson Hadley, Webb Simpson, and Alex Noren, all of whom shot a six-under-par 66.

Woods said he welcomed the idea, suggesting they play for whatever "makes him uncomfortable".

But the 2015 victor then pushed his drive too far right at the sixth and suffered the misfortune of his ball appearing to get stuck up a tree, forcing him back to the tee and leading to a double-bogey six. "I said it Sunday at Wells Fargo (where he tied for fifth), I was anxious about energy this week".

LaCava didn't see Phil Mickelson's golf bag in his path until it was too late and stumbled over it.

"I think nobody does kind of slightly overweight middle-aged guy better than me, and this says exactly who I am", he said.

For example, Woods never had more than a 6-iron to a par-4 on Friday but ranked 108th in the field in strokes gained, approach to the green. "It was the most remarkable golf in the history of the game, and I think unrepeatable".

"I plunged it in the water", he said of his tee shot on the par-3 17th, leading to a double bogey.

"I had a lot of fun, enjoying being with the guys".

"I actually really like it", said Mickelson, who is brand ambassador and equity holder in the menswear brand Mizzen and Main.

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