Si Woo Kim announced himself to the world with a spectacular victory previous year, when he became the youngest ever victor of the Players Championship.
The pair, who have 19 majors between them, dueled at the top of the game for much of their careers and are both enjoying a new flush - Woods, 42, after making a promising return from back fusion surgery, and Mickelson with a first victory in five years in Mexico earlier this season. A tie for sixth in 2014 remains the closest that he has come to adding the so-called fifth major and the $1.98 million (about £1.46 million) first prize to his collection of four major titles.
"I wouldn't say it's gravy, but I'm just so thankful to be able to have this opportunity again, because I didn't know if I would ever have had (it)."Woods is not quite ready to take on the role of a ceremonial player but will need to improve every facet of his game to have a chance against perhaps the strongest field of the year".
"I sort of learned to play the course a little bit better and reined myself in on some tee shots, and that's what's brought me a little bit of success here", McIlroy said on Wednesday.
'This is my ninth time here so I'm not a spring chicken any more.
Thomas has the best chance, as he could miss the cut and still rise to No. 1 if Johnson finishes worse than in a two-way tie for 11th. It's taken a while for me to figure that out. The list of past winners at the PGA Tour's premier event illustrates. "I think it is about time to step up and give myself a chance of victory". But since then the Northern Irishman has finished eighth, sixth, eighth and 12th before a tie for 35th previous year.
"There's no way of faking it around this golf course", said Woods, who won his first U.S. Amateur at Sawgrass in 1994.
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One year they were in the locker room at the Byron Nelson Classic when Mickelson challenged Woods to anything at their disposal. Woods is on a comeback after spinal fusion surgery to ease nagging back pain that cost him most of the past two PGA campaigns.
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"This golf course negates a lot of different things". We're not even halfway through the season.
"It gives you motivation".
Jason Day hits out of the rough on seven during the final round of the Wells Fargo Championship golf tournament at Quail Hollow Club. He struggled around the greens and if he can get his putter to work, the two-time Players champion could indeed threaten the field.
World No.12 Casey has been in excellent form this year.
"With it being a Ryder Cup year and with The Open two weeks later, I'm sure that the likes of Justin Rose and Ian Poulter will be there", said Smyth, who was confirmed yesterday as Dubai Duty Free Irish Open ambassador until 2022. "I just didn't have a feel for the golf course, and I just didn't make the adjustments". "I think I've got some demons to exorcise", said a candid Lahiri.
Former world No1 Rory McIlroy insists his latest Masters disappointment is behind him as he prepares for a tilt at the other Major, albeit unofficial, missing from his CV on Thursday.
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