Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson officially committed on Thursday to play in THE PLAYERS Championship at the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass May 8-13.
Both are previous champions of what is widely considered the biggest tournament of the year outside of the four majors. Woods is a two-time champion (2001, ’13) who earned an entry due to the five-year exemption for past champions, while Mickelson won the event in 2007.
Woods has made the cut in five of his six official events since returning to the PGA Tour following a fourth back surgery. He is currently ranked 91st in the World Golf Rankings after beginning 2018 at No. 656.
Mickelson has risen to 19th from 37th, but has taken a break following the Masters earlier this month. He already has one victory on the year at the WGC-Mexico Championship.
Woods is seeking his first PGA Tour victory since the 2013 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. He is the only player in golf history to win THE PLAYERS, the TOUR Championship, the FedExCup and all four major championships. He has not competed at THE PLAYERS since tying for 69th in 2015.
Woods has also committed to playing in the U.S. Open in June. He also has not played since the Masters earlier this month, but will play the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow next week in his build-up to THE PLAYERS.
Woods won at Quail Hollow in 2007 when it was the Wachovia Championship, but has not competed there since 2012.
This is also the final week for players to qualify for THE PLAYERS by reaching the top 50 in the World Golf Rankings. The only other routes to qualifying for THE PLAYERS would be to win the Wells Fargo Championship or moving into the top 10 of the FedExCup Standings, if not otherwise qualified.
–Field Level Media