Tiger Woods’ fourth victory of the 2013 PGA Tour season is within reach at The Players Championship.
He earned a 2:40 p.m. ET tee time after his second straight five-under outing of the tournament on Friday. Woods trails Sergio Garcia who shot seven-under in Round 2 by one stroke.
World No. 2 Rory McIlroy began The Players Championship hot with a 66 on Thursday, but he finished even on the second day and finds himself five strokes behind the leader. While McIlroy has time to catch Woods and Garcia, Phil Mickelson doesn’t. Lefty, as well as Graeme McDowell amongst others, failed to make the cut.
Here are tee times, pairings and predictions for Saturday’s action.
|1||8:25 am||Brian Davis|
|2||8:30 am||Louis Oosthuizen||Angel Cabrera|
|3||8:40 am||Jason Day||Justin Leonard|
|4||8:50 am||Josh Teater||William McGirt|
|5||9:00 am||James Hahn||Branden Grace|
|6||9:10 am||Padraig Harrington||Michael Thompson|
|7||9:20 am||Charlie Wi||Jonas Blixt|
|8||9:30 am||Charley Hoffman||Seung-Yul Noh|
|9||9:40 am||Bo Van Pelt||John Senden|
|10||9:50 am||Kyle Stanley||Bubba Watson|
|11||10:00 am||Jimmy Walker||Chad Campell|
|12||10:10 am||Charl Schwartzel||David Hearn|
|13||10:20 am||Rory Sabbatini||Freddie Jacobson|
|14||10:30 am||James Driscoll||Daniel Summerhays|
|15||10:40 am||Boo Weekley||Ricky Barnes|
|16||10:50 am||D.A. Points||John Huh|
|17||11:00 am||Chris Stroud||Jason Bohn|
|18||11:10 am||Carl Pettersson||K.J. Choi|
|19||11:20 am||Davis Love III||Martin Kaymer|
|20||11:30 am||Sean O'Hair||Andres Romero|
|21||11:40 am||Jeff Maggert||Roberto Castro|
|22||11:50 am||Jeff Overton||Brendon de Jonge|
|23||12:00 pm||Graham DeLaet||Harris English|
|24||12:10 pm||Ben Curtis||Luke Donald|
|25||12:20 pm||Greg Chalmers||Matt Every|
|26||12:30 pm||Peter Hanson||Ben Crane|
|27||12:40 pm||Tim Herron||David Lynn|
|28||12:50 pm||Kevin Streelman||Brandt Snedeker|
|29||1:00 pm||Sang-Moon Bae||Jerry Kelly|
|30||1:10 pm||Steve Stricker||Chris Kirk|
|31||1:20 pm||Martin Laird||Rory McIlroy|
|32||1:30 pm||Jason Dufner||Webb Simpsn|
|33||1:40 pm||Charles Howell III||Marc Leishman|
|34||1:50 pm||Adam Scott||Zach Johnson|
|35||2:00 pm||Matt Kuchar||Hunter Mahan|
|36||2:10 pm||Casey Wittenberg||David Lingmerth|
|37||2:20 pm||Henrik Stenson||Ryan Palmer|
|38||2:30 pm||Kevin Chappell||Lee Westwood|
|39||2:40 pm||Sergio Garcia||Tiger Woods|
Most Intriguing Pairing
Garcia will enter Saturday as TPC Sawgrass’ hottest golfer. History would lead one to believe he’ll cool off now that he’s head-to-head with Woods.
In the last eight years, Garcia has only won two PGA Tour events and one was The Players Championship. If there’s any tournament he could hold off Woods in, it’s this one.
Player Most Likely to Shine on Saturday
Woods had three wins all of last season. It’s only May and he’s already gunning for his fourth.
He’s only won The Players Championship once, and that was all the way back in 2001. One couldn’t tell the way he’s owned the tournament thus far. He finished Thursday with just a single bogey and sunk and eagle on Friday.
Expect Woods to inch closer to gaining even more of a stranglehold on his world No. 1 ranking on Saturday.
David Daniels is a breaking news writer at Bleacher Report and news editor at Wade-O Radio.