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“They must have some kind of superpower I don’t know about,” he said.
During the telecast Thursday, Faldo defended his opinion because of his experience.
“I hated it when analysts and commentators were saying, `He’s thinking this. He’s thinking that,’” Faldo said. “But this analyst here, I’ve walked the walk. I’ve been there and the bit I’m trying to describe is self-belief. I’ve had self-belief when I was playing my best and I also lost self-belief, and that’s obviously when you get to the end of your career. I can generally recognize when a player is on the range, striping it, which Tiger’s been doing basically all season.
“But for a player, if you cannot walk from the practice ground to the first tee … for me, he doesn’t have the self-belief he really needs.”
SCHWARTZEL IN SOUTH AFRICA: Masters champion Bubba Watson skipped The Players Championship to bond with his newly adopted son. Dustin Johnson is recovering from a back injury. As for former Masters champion Charl Schwartzel? His agent said he simply didn’t want to come all the way from South Africa.
Chubby Chandler said Schwartzel faced a trip halfway around the world to Florida, and then would have to go to Spain next week for the World Match Play Championship. After that Schwartzel is playing the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, then Memorial. After a week off, he has the U.S. Open and then the Travelers Championship.
To be at Sawgrass would mean six tournaments in seven weeks and an itinerary that went South Africa-Florida-Spain-England-Ohio-California-Connecticut.
SHRINKING FIELD: The 144-man field at The Players Championship is shrinking even before the cut is made Friday.
Five players withdrew from the opening round Thursday, and only one of them (D.A. Points) did not start and was replaced in the field.
Angel Cabrera, who made a 9 on the par-3 17th, withdrew for “personal reasons” after a 78. Simon Dyson withdrew with a bad back after a 76. Hunter Haas only made it through three holes (he already was 4-over par) when he stopped with a bad back. Paul Casey withdrew with a shoulder injury after a 42 on the front nine. Casey injured his shoulder snowboarding over the holidays and missed the first two months of the season.
DIVOTS: No one has ever won back-to-back at The Players Championship, a streak that looks to be intact after K.J. Choi opened with a 75 and was 10 shots behind. … Gary Woodland, playing for the first time since he withdrew after the third round at the Masters with a wrist injury, opened with a 77. … Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III shot 72.
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