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No Tiger Means Lighter Crowds at THE PLAYERS | SLIDESHOW

No Tiger Means Lighter Crowds at THE PLAYERS | SLIDESHOW

MORE: SLIDESHOW from THE PLAYERS, Thursday

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- The ingredients for a perfect day at the golf course are in place: great weather, great golfers, even a nice breeze.

But alas, it's Thursday, the opening round of THE PLAYERS, and golf's main attraction lasted only half a round.

A day that is always the least crowded competition day got bad news when Tiger Woods, who had an early tee time, withdrew due to injury well before half of the field had even teed off.

So what's left is a beautiful golf course with plenty of elbow room.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott was enjoying at least part of his day at TPC. THE PLAYERS is, "very important to our state," he said.

Tiger Done at TPC, Leaves Tournament after Nine Holes

Tiger Done at TPC, Leaves Tournament after Nine Holes

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Tiger Woods limped off the golf course and into a future that is murkier than ever Thursday when he withdrew with leg injuries after his worst nine holes at The Players Championship.

"I'm having a hard time walking," he said.

Woods shot a 42 on the front nine of the TPC Sawgrass, including a triple bogey on the fourth hole when he didn't clear a water hazard 30 yards in front of him. He constantly walked some 20 yards behind his playing partner, holding his golf club for support, limping noticeably after each hole.

After taking a bogey on the par-5 ninth, he handed his scorecard to PGA champion Martin Kaymer, then walked back to inform Matt Kuchar that he was leaving early from The Players for the second straight year.

"Tiger looked like he was in pain today," Kuchar said. "You could tell he was walking quite slowly, quite gingerly. He was just last to get to his ball every time."

Did you get a glimpse of TPC this week??????

Did you get a glimpse of TPC this week??????

Here are a few pictures from TPC so far this week. No worries it will be here all the way until Sunday and this go around they even allow you to bring your cell phone on silent! So text away and get underway to TPC you may see it all today!

JacksonDeville Swings by THE PLAYERS

JacksonDeville Swings by THE PLAYERS

Jacksonville Jaguars mascot JacksonDeville spent some time on the green Tuesday afternoon at THE PLAYERS. Community member Todd Arnold snapped some action shot of JacksonDeville showing off his golf skills and fashionable golf attire.

Tiger Woods Feeling Better at PLAYERS, Slides in Scale

Tiger Woods Feeling Better at PLAYERS, Slides in Scale

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PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- About all Tiger Woods can say about the injuries to his knee and Achilles' tendon is that he is "good enough to play" in The Players Championship.

Woods says he practiced on the range Monday for the first time since the Masters. His first round of golf since he tied for fourth at Augusta National was on Tuesday at the TPC Sawgrass, though that was only nine holes.

Tim Tebow Joins Students at THE PLAYERS

Tim Tebow Joins Students at THE PLAYERS

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Tuesday morning, Tim Tebow surprised about 1,200 students at The Players Championship Tuesday.  

Tebow, who starred at nearby Nease High School prior to a record-setting four years at the University of Florida, visited the 4th graders participating in the Area Wide Junior Clinic sponsored by PGA Tour Charities during The First Tee Tuesday at The Players.

He spoke for a few minutes, telling the students the guidelines he said have led him to success.

"Do what's right, do your best, and treat others as you would like to be treated," he said to the excited, screaming crowd. 

Tebow announced that his tournament last weekend raised about $100,000.

THE PLAYERS Kicks Off Today

THE PLAYERS Kicks Off Today

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Some of the best golfers in the world are making the First Coast a destination this week--a week with several firsts.

On Monday, Executive Women's Day will bring 240 women together all day for an opportunity to share ideas and learn and see first hand what is involved coordinating a major tournament.

"It's going to be business women who have accomplished great things in Jacksonville," said Michele McManamon, a tournament chairperson involved in directing the 2,000 plus volunteer team.

This week THE PLAYERS is also allowing golf fans to bring and use their cell phones. On the course there will be 20 mobile talk locations.

In those location people can talk and text. At all times phones must be on silent.

"Video is not allowed at all any day throughout the week," said Matt Rapp, Executive Director of THE PLAYERS.