Tommy Fleetwood tempted by lush conditions at Players Championship

Tommy Fleetwood tempted by lush conditions at Players Championship

Javier Howell
March 15, 2019

"I think a lot of them are amusing", Day said.

The former world number one added: "I could feel it [in Mexico]".

Monahan, who recently reminded players that the tour had been heavily involved in the rewriting of the rules, on Wednesday strongly defended the "fantastic" U.S. Golf Association and Royal & Ancient governing bodies. [Those have been on] long, tough golf course [s]. It's clearly the next step for me to win over here but winning's not easy and I've got to keep plodding away, do the right things and focus on myself.

"I think everything is headed on track towards April. But I think it's largely due to the fact that you just have so many different types of winners and it's hard to know who is going to play well this week".

There are certainly some big names in this group, including last year's victor, Webb Simpson (+5000) Adam Scott and Matt Kuchar are two other names to watch in this list, and there is a chance to make some money by picking the right victor from this group of talented golfers. Like so many tournaments in recent years, Woods has missed the majority but a T11 here last year and a victory just two starts before that (2013) shows this really is a layout that suits his game. You've got so many guys playing, a couple of them are mentally going to beat themselves up. When I'm playing solid golf, this is the kind of course that suits my game.

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"You have to overcome that part of it", Woods insisted. I am going to have good weeks and bad weeks. 1, 4 and 6 players, respectively, all sit inside the top five on the tour's Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green ranking.

"Since I stepped on property here on Sunday, I really liked what I saw", McCarthy said.

Justin Thomas, Rickie Fowler, Brandt Snedeker and Jimmy Walker have been among several players critical of the USGA and the unveiling of a series of new rules this year that were meant to simplify the game but in some cases caused more issues. Sitting out Bay Hill was a precautionary move as he eyes the 2019 majors lineup with three venues he has won on. "After what I've gone through and to be able to do this and have a chance to do this again and be as consistent as I have been is something that I'm very lucky to have". "My approach has always been 'let's just hit the green and try and two-putt'". Despite the best promotional efforts of the PGA Tour, the biggest tournament on golf's most lucrative circuit will nearly certainly never be ranked higher than fifth - after the four constituent parts of the grand slam: the Masters, the US Open, the Open Championship and the US PGA in a long-established pecking order.

It is an indicator of Tommy Fleetwood's rising ambitions on the eve of the Players Championship that a share of third at last weekend's Arnold Palmer Invitational was something of a disappointment.