Tiger Woods at the Players Championship: TPC Trophy Not out of Reach for Tiger

Austin GreenCorrespondent IMay 12, 2012

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL - MAY 12:  Tiger Woods of the United States looks on from the ninth hole during the third round of THE PLAYERS Championship held at THE PLAYERS Stadium course at TPC Sawgrass on May 12, 2012 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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Tiger Woods has been far from spectacular at The Players Championship, but it's still too early to count out the legend.

After posting a third-round 72, Tiger is currently at two-under for the tournament. He's 10 strokes behind the leader—Kevin Na—and tied for 34th overall.

Despite these discouraging facts, a Sunday surge from Tiger isn't out of the question. After all, let's not forget the rampage he went on in the fourth round of the 2012 Honda Classic.

Just two months ago, Tiger exploded up the leaderboard in Palm Beach, dropping four birdies and two eagles during his eight-under par final round. He finished 10-under for the tournament, and although Rory McIlroy held on to win by one stroke, the performance was an emphatic reminder that you can never count out Tiger.

While I wouldn't bet on a similar outburst from him at TPC Sawgrass, it's certainly not out of the question.

While there's plenty of talent atop the leaderboard, there's also some question marks. Matt Kuchar (hasn't won a PGA event in two years), Rickie Fowler (just 23 years old) and Kevin Na (capable of snapping at any moment) don't instill me with a ton of confidence at this point.

Woods has also shown the ability to make up strokes at TPC, as he's notched at least one birdie on nine of the 18 holes through the first three rounds. If he can string together six or seven in the final round, and avoid any crippling bogeys, he'll be in contention the TPC crown.