On Monday at TPC Sawgrass, Woods registered for the tournament and then worked on all facets of his game, spending nearly three hours chipping, putting and hitting all his clubs on the driving range, seemingly with no restrictions.
It's not as though the Northern Irishman's record at The Players had been wanting - his resume includes three consecutive top-10 finishes beginning in 2013 - but the over-seeded golf course that players face this year as a result of the event's shift to March from May are custom made for McIlroy.
And for anyone that travels to Florida to play at TPC, that's the hole that you're shelling out a ton of money to play on.
Tiger Woods was among the later starters, with the former World No.1 finishing his round strongly to card a three-under-par 69. An easy tap-in on 11 followed by a nine-foot conversion on 15 put him on track for what would be only his second under-par round at TPC Sawgrass.
Woods pulled out of last week's Arnold Palmer Invitational citing a neck strain, which raised the possibility that he might also miss the PGA Tour's flagship event.
"The wind picked up and there were some tough holes there", he said.
"My caddie ran over, he kind of reacted to it like he thought it went in right away and I wasn't necessarily sure", Moore said.
Rory Mc Ilroy carded a five-under par 67
"The course doesn't make you feel very comfortable at all, you are always a semi-bad shot from struggling to make par". Considering all 50 of the top 50 in the Official World Golf Rankings were in attendance at the start of the event, The Players represents the first opportunity for golfers to make a large impact in the new, more condensed PGA Tour schedule.
"Expectation's a tricky thing".
Bradley sounded nearly serene after his 65.
"The rough isn't as long or as gnarly and when you miss the greens you are not having to contend with that Bermuda (grass) and guess how it's going to come out".
His 74 included a triple-bogey at his 10th hole, the par-four first, where he took five shots to hole out from a greenside bunker.
Baddeley has the dubious stat of hitting most balls in the water surrounding the 133-yard hole than any competitor since 2003 - rinsing 13 shots.