"It's not painful now", Woods said. "But also, I've cost myself a few years here and there because of it".
With a win this week, Woods would tie Jack Nicklaus for the most Players victories.
Considering Woods has had four back surgeries, including a spinal fusion procedure in 2017 which forced a 10-month break, many were concerned Woods' latest ailment was serious.
Matt Wallace, England - Having won three times on the European Tour a year ago, Wallace finished T6 in the Arnold Palmer and T20 in the Honda the last two weeks. "It was getting to the point where [the neck strain] was affecting my set-up, my backswing, my through swing". It was just gradually getting worse and that's just because my lower back is fused.
The Englishman is gradually warming to life on the PGA Tour and is surely a victor in waiting across the pond.
THE PLAYERS Championship remains a tough, tough test of golf. Woods, though, insists everything is fine and ready to go as he tries to add a third Players Championship title to his resume this week.
In his three PGA Tour starts this year, Woods has been solid - finishing in the top 20 each time including a share of 10th at the WGC-Mexico Championship.
I likely will not go insane in tournament play this week, and will instead hone in on constructing the safest cash game team possible this week.
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Fleetwood birdied six of his last nine holes in an inward half of 30, just one shot outside the tournament record, to set an imposing clubhouse target of seven under par and enjoy a one-shot lead over Korea's Ben An and American Brian Harman.
"I've played three this year so far, and that's about right", he said. So if it does firm up a little bit, even if you're hitting 7-iron into the first, I think it's going to require some really good driving and some really good irons.
"I kind of had to re-learn the golf course the last few days", Simpson said.
"I think everything is headed on track towards April".
As for his health, Woods does not consider that a major concern. "I understand that I'm going to have good weeks and bad weeks", Woods continued.
Monahan, who recently reminded players that the tour had been heavily involved in the rewriting of the rules, on Wednesday strongly defended the "fantastic" U.S. Golf Association and Royal & Ancient governing bodies.
On Tuesday, Woods explained that some of the problems in his putting stemmed from the pain he was feeling in his neck.
Tiger went with a long-iron stinger that found the left side of the fairway, then tried to hit a cut that stayed out left a good 30 feet left of the flag. "The rough isn't as long or as gnarly and when you miss the greens you are not having to contend with that Bermuda (grass) and guess how it's going to come out". He also has a ton of familiarity with Bermuda grass on the East coast, and a top-three finish here in 2016.