The Projected Cut Line At The Players Championship Just Changed

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The pair, who have 19 majors between them, dueled at the top of the game for much of their careers and are both enjoying a new flush - Woods, 42, after making a promising return from back fusion surgery, and Mickelson with a first victory in five years in Mexico earlier this season.

He might be hesitant to put it on again.

American veteran Woods opened his Players Championship campaign with an even par at TPC Sawgrass on Thursday - six shots adrift of a crammed leaderboard which includes world number one Dustin Johnson, Webb Simpson, Alex Noren, Chesson Hadley, Matt Kuchar and Patrick Cantlay. Woods did play down the expectations before the event and after his T55 performance at the recently concluded Wells Fargo Championships, the expectations are lower as he begins his campaign at the Players Championship on Thursday.

The mega pairing turned out to be a mega dud.

Phil Mickelson's shirt choice in the opening round of the Players Championship certainly copped some stick. Their golf didn't match the hype.

Mickelson had some fun with some of the comments from the gallery - he particularly liked the collar comment - but spent a few minutes defending his fashion after his round. "Obviously I have some work to do to get off that list".

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"I think when you win, you get a little bit more motivated to do more practice and hungry to win a lot more", Day explained.

"We've always had a mutual respect over the years, and I've always appreciated what he's done for the game of golf", added Mickelson. "I'm really happy with it".

"He must have a meeting after this", one fan said at the famed 17th hole.

"At a used-car lot".

Regardless, the real problem was his play.

However, his tee shot into the island green at 17 hit the front of the putting surface and spun back into the water.

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His much-maligned dress shirt drew comparisons with Jerry Seinfeld and looked more akin to a dad heading home from the office than a professional athlete competing on the biggest stage.

"But I was concerned that that was going to be the case, and it was". Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas gave Woods a boost with a pair of bogeys on the tough par-4 18th at TPC Sawgrass.

"I just kind of ran out at the end", he said.

Despite dropping seven shots in his last five holes as his energy levels dropped, five-time major champion Mickelson was happy to discuss his day's look.

It might be his tournament, too.

In addition to Fowler, those who missed the cut at one-over included Rory McIlroy and Martin Kaymer.

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Woods birdied the par-3 third hole, to get back to under par. He knew the one on the No. 14 was good, delivering his classic fist pump as the ball neared the hole. After hooking an iron off the tee into the water, Woods took a penalty drop and flew the green from 270 yards out. His chip came up short, and he missed an 18-footer from the fringe for par. He shot -1 on Friday, and sits at -1 overall. "I'm doing better as time has gone on". Mickelson managed four birdies on his back nine Friday, but closed with three straight bogeys for a 73 that left him well off the cutline.

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