Justin Thomas, Jon Rahm, Jordan Spieth and Justin Rose all have a mathematical chance this week to replace Johnson atop the world ranking.
"That's what allows for these exciting roars and that's what gives this extra energy guys play with where you can take a 62 and turn it into a 58 or have these awesome finishes that Bubba and Russell Knox and myself have had on the last hole".
Tournament host McIlroy returns to Europe in a fortnight for the BMW PGA at Wentworth, when the 2019 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open venue is expected to be revealed.
Woods and Mickelson rarely played together on Thursdays and Fridays in their heyday, with tournament organizers keeping them apart to spread their top talent across the TV schedules.
One group has Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler. And if you're curious about all 48 groups, you can find those right here. "And weeks like last week, that's why you'll get 19 holes and make one par". While scores can go low on a good day, scores can get really high as well.
He has also had a win on the European Tour this year.
He has somehow managed to erase memories of last year's PLAYERS, but added, "I don't even remember if it was an eight, 10 or a 12".
Last year Lahiri seemed set to make the cut when he arrived at the 18th tee box in the second round.
"But I've had a three-week stretch here, and I feel the swing's getting a little bit loose, so we just tried to even out the path a little bit".
Wilcox's ace was the first on the famed par 3 at the Players in 14 years. Sure, absolutely. I would really like to get in the winner's circle and feel like I can take a deep breath, exhale, and kind of feel like you're playing with house money.
Jason Day is in a confident mood as he goes in search of back-to-back PGA Tour victories at The Players Championship. In 12 previous starts at the course he'd failed to better T14. And just before the Masters, he was coming off a near-win at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, taking lone-2nd to Rory McIlroy who putted his way to a spectacular win. Getting top-name players to the event the week following a major is typically a hard proposition, but tournament organizers took on the challenge. It is often dubbed golf's "fifth major".
But tournament director Nathan Grube says the Travelers has embraced the date, attracting golfers with amenities such as free transportation from the U.S. Open.
"So I love that we're paired together", Mickelson, a five-time major victor, told reporters earnestly.
The Players Championship, held over the exacting Stadium course with its iconic island-green 17th, attracts the deepest field of the season and ranks for many as akin to a major.
"I've brought the family down and we're staying at this fantastic resort".