Players were starting to think the intimidation factor was gone, but with The Masters just two weeks away, Tiger Woods has thrown down the gauntlet.
With victories at Bay Hill last week and Sawgrass this week, Woods has shown he is still the best player in the game. And he'll ride his best golf of the year into the tournament where everybody already fears him.
With the exception of Vijay Singh, the other top contenders will head to Augusta with doubts about their games. Difficult times at The Players Championship are not what they needed prior to the first major.
Davis Love III, Ernie Els, Jesper Parnevik, Lee Westwood and Stewart Cink are just some of the players who missed the cut at Sawgrass, while Colin Montgomerie, Phil Mickelson and Sergio Garcia were mediocre at best on the weekend.
Take away the poor drive on No. 14, however, and Singh probably wins the tournament. And given his four other top-five finishes this year and two wins on the European Tour, his game is in excellent shape as he thinks about a second consecutive green jacket.
Hal Sutton also showed his guts at Sawgrass, finishing fifth despite taking a horrible fall on Wednesday that would have kept most players out of the tournament. Augusta, however, has never been kind to Sutton.
And one thing players can keep in mind when The Masters begins: No player has ever won The Players Championship and The Masters in the same season.
-- Greg Robertson
ESPN Golf Online