Putting key for Tiger

09 May 2018 06:12:16 EST

Tiger Woods feels his putting will be key if he is to have any chance of winning a third Players Championship this week at Sawgrass.

Woods bids to become only the second man after Jack Nicklaus to win a hat-trick of Players Championship titles.

He may have won twice at the Stadium Course, but those successes came 12 years apart in 2001 and 2013 and the American admits he didn't always meet the Sawgrass challenge well in between times. Woods is 35/1 to win this week.

I need to get the pace of these greens here.

Tiger Woods

"It was 12 years between wins here, and just looking at my record, I didn't play this place well. I struggled with it," he said.

"You have to play well here, and there's no way of faking it around this golf course. You have to hit the golf ball well here and, if you're in the correct spots, you can make birdies, and I didn't do that."

Caddie Joey LaCava had a key role in his win five years ago admits Woods, 7/2 for a top-ten finish in the Players Championship.

"This golf course negates a lot of different things. We're all playing from basically the same spots off the tees with our approach shots, and in 2013, Joey (LaCava - Woods' caddie) kept hounding me in my ear about the fact that this golf course suits me and you're going to win here," he added.

Woods will play with Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler in the first two rounds and, having finished outside the top-50 at last week's Wells Fargo Championship, he knows where the improvement must come from in his game.

"I need to get the pace of these greens here. Last week, I just didn't make anything. One of the days, I hit a bunch of greens, like 15 greens, and still I turned a 63 or 64 into 68. I just didn't have a feel for the golf course, and I just didn't make the adjustments," he added.

Woods is 2/1 to win his first round three-ball, while left-hander Mickelson is 19/10.

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