Tiger Woods claimed his second Players Championship title last year, but will
not defend his title as he continues to rehab a back injury. Woods overcame a
double bogey on the back nine of the final round to win by two strokes over
three players. Woods joins Jerry Pate and Steve Elkington as the only three
Players champions that were unable to defend their title due to injury. There
will be 15 first-time participants at this year`s Players.