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Posted at 03:20 PM ET, 05/10/2012

The Players: Tiger Woods opens with a 2-over 74


Tiger Woods opened the Players Championship with a 2-over 74. (Mike Ehrmann / Getty Images)

The TPC at Sawgrass hasn’t been a particularly magical place for Tiger Woods and nothing about that changed in the first round of the Players Championship today.

Woods shot a 2-over 74 on the course on which he has had only four top-10 finishes since 2000 (he won the Players in 2001 and was runner-up in 2000). The last two years, he’s had to withdraw from the tournament because of injuries. This time, trying to find his groove again after missing the cut last week at the Wells Fargo Championship, he finished the first round by failing to break 70 for the ninth consecutive round.


Tiger Woods lined up a putt on the 13th hole. (Mike Ehrmann / Getty Images)

“Just one of those days,” Woods he said. “I haven’t done a very good job of it, I really haven’t, lately. I certainly need to do a better job of it.”

Woods is nine strokes back of Ian Pouler, the leader in the clubhouse in the early afternoon, and has never missed the cut in consecutive tournaments.

“I’m going to eat,” Woods said of his plans. “Then I’m going to practice a little bit and work on it a little bit and be ready for tomorrow.”

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