The course was already soaked with 6½ inches of rain over the past week, although sunshine Tuesday and Wednesday helped to dry things out a bit.
There will be a premium on accuracy, staying out of what looks like impossible rough and navigating the tricky greens which will roll around 13-13 1/2 on the Stimpmeter.
The note presumably was an apology — Garcia said it would be up to Woods to share the contents.
It was the first time they have seen each other since Garcia jokingly said at an awards dinner in England that he would have Woods over for dinner during the U.S. Open and “we will serve fried chicken.”
Nicklaus only has to look at some of the clashes on the PGA Tour in recent months to see how far golf has come since he was in his prime. That’s not necessarily a good thing.
Woods responded Wednesday on Twitter, saying the remark was “wrong, hurtful and clearly inappropriate.”
Tied with Garcia with two holes to play, Woods won by finding land on the last two holes for par to close with a 2-under 70.
Swedish rookie David Lingmerth emerged from the storm clouds to take the lead Saturday in The Players Championship.
Dustin Johnson and Freddie Couples are the two Americans who stole the early headlines.
Sergio Garcia had an enjoyable day on a course that’s never been one of his favorites. Now comes the hard part: holding it together for another three days.
Did the Americans choke away the 2012 Ryder Cup?
Tiger Woods felt a twinge in his lower back when he awoke and felt pain throughout the second round at Bethpage Black. He managed to overcome a bogey-bogey start and get within range of Nick Watney and the resurgent Sergio Garcia.
Thousands of fans chased after Woods and McIlroy, in the marquee group based on their standing in the FedEx Cup — Woods at No. 1 and McIlroy at No. 3. Both of them got off to a reasonable start.
Here’s one vote for Tiger Woods remaining in contention through hole No. 72 — and perhaps beyond — to turn this into the most compelling golf drama in years.
Sergio Garcia thinks the only major title he’ll ever have is this: best player never to win one.