Tiger Woods won THE PLAYERS Championship in 2001 and 2013. (Harry How/Getty Images)
Tiger Woods, a two-time winner of THE PLAYERS Championship, announced via agent Mark Steinberg on Friday he will not tee it up at next week’s tournament at the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass. Woods personally informed PGA TOUR Commissioner Jay Monahan of the decision before news broke on Friday. "Back just not ready," Steinberg said in a statement, as per ESPN and Golf Digest. "Nothing concerning, just not ready."
"I will still be a little nervous but hopefully tomorrow I can play as good as today and win,” - Jorge Campillo.
Jorge Campillo carded a third round 67 to take a one shot lead into the final day of the 2020 Commercial Bank Qatar Masters. The Spaniard started the day in a share of the lead and picked up five shots in six holes around the turn to move three ahead and into a commanding position at Education City Golf Club.
"I just didn't have a clue where it was going," - Tyrrell Hatton.
Tyrrell Hatton lost his swing on his back nine without losing his head, a small victory. He battled through a tough test at Bay Hill on Friday and was only surprised by what he saw when he finished. His tidy short game was strong enough to carry him into a share of the lead with Sung Kang going into the weekend at the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard.
Tristen Strydom carded a six-under-par 66 final round of the Final Stage of Qualifying School to back up his round three 62 and win the final stage on a total of 19-under-par at Houghton Golf Club on Thursday. He fought off challenges from numerous players in the final round, including PH McIntyre who settled for second place, with the duo of Luke Brown and Rupert Kaminski also not far off.
Jorge Campillo and Andy Sullivan shared the lead heading into the weekend at the 2020 Commercial Bank Qatar Masters but they had a host of European Tour winners breathing down their necks at Education City Golf Club.
Rory McIlroy takes early lead two years after win at Arnold Palmer Invitational.
Rory McIlroy was in the Bay Hill clubhouse when he saw a few people asked to remove their hats. If it wasn’t obvious before, he knew then that he was back at the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard. “There's so many nice little traditions here,” McIlroy said after going 7 under for his final 12 holes and signing for an opening-round 66 to take the early lead until Matt Every came in with 65 in the tougher afternoon conditions.
"It's awesome. There are not many words to say, it's unbelievable," - Sami Valimaki.
Sami Valimaki won his first European Tour title as he defeated Brandon Stone in a play-off to lift the trophy at the 2020 Oman Open. The Finn was outside the top 100 after day one at Al Mouj Golf but a stunning 64 in round three put him alongside Stone in a six way tie for the lead with 18 holes to play.
Tommy Fleetwood will take a one-stroke lead into Sunday’s final round at The Honda Classic.
A tightly-packed leaderboard at The Honda Classic is a study in the difficulties that most players endure. The contenders include a major champion and players who once sat atop the world ranking, but they’ve traveled through valleys to get to this moment.
“I'm not sure it's ever been this enjoyable,” - Lee Westwood.
PGA National is one of the most stressful courses on the PGA TOUR. Penalty strokes can add up quickly on its water-lined holes. That’s why Lee Westwood’s new mindset is such an asset this week. Westwood is having fun while other players are fretting about double-bogeys. The former World No. 1 said the game has never been more enjoyable, and that’s a big reason why he’s enjoying a career renaissance at age 46.