Tiger Woods thrills fans with career round at The Players

USA GOLF THE PLAYERS

USA GOLF THE PLAYERS

The previous best Players round by Woods was a 66, while his lowest this year in his seven prior events had been a 68 as he returns to US PGA Tour play after missing most of the past two years with back injuries.

Tiger Woods will be sticking around for the weekend's action but only just scraped by the one-under cut-line, after rounds of 72 and 71, along with pre-tournament favourites Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas.

World No.7 Day was unable to reel in Simpson and a 71 left the 2016 victor of The Players sharing fourth at nine under, 10 shots off the pace.

On a day when the course was scorable, with temperatures over 90 degrees seeing the ball travel further and land on softer than usual greens, McIlroy was lost in the haze.

Various players made spirited attempts to close the gap on Simpson, most notably Woods who for two days largely hadn't hit the ball close enough and when he did repeatedly failed to convert crucial putts.

Former Players Championship victor Phil Mickelson, who played alongside Woods for two rounds, added a 73 to his horror first-round 79 and at eight-over was headed home early.

Indeed, Spieth matched Woods' seven-under 65 as he twice hit three birdies in a row and managed nine in total. "That wasn't that bad a tee shot there at 14 and I ended up in a spot where I had to really, I didn't have much of a shot". He striped a driver off the first tee then stuck a sand wedge to 15 feet below the hole, and hit a lovely right-to-left putt that fell right into the center of the hole.

But McIlroy littered his card with four bogeys and needed to par the last two holes to survive, and his hopes were scuppered when his tee shot to 17 pitched on the front bank and rolled back into the water which led to a double-bogey.

Johnson opened with a 66 to be among the overnight leaders on Thursday but four bogeys to go with an eagle and three birdies saw the American star stumble to seven under alongside 2017 Masters champion Sergio Garcia (69). "I birdied the first couple of holes and I just kept it rolling from there", Woods told the Golf Channel.

Walking to the 10th tee, Spieth smiled and said it was good to see putts go in, and he was just getting warmed up.

"65 was actually about the highest I could have shot today", Woods said after the round. On the last hole we had 196 and it was just a nine-iron.

Tommy Fleetwood hit 14 of 18 greens in regulation during his third round at the THE PLAYERS Championship, finishing at 8 under for the tournament.

Tiger Woods said it felt great to shut things down after Augusta National.

"I feel like today was a good day overall", said Simpson afterwards.

Simpson said he had no idea he was about to break the course record, but he said: "I've broken 60 a couple of times, so I'm thinking about it a little bit". I think that some of the guys will probably shoot better scores than I did out there today.

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