what did you miss: woods feeling 'good' ahead of players championship

06:30    13 Mar 2019

Golf icon Tiger Woods
Former world number one Tiger Woods says he is feeling 'good' ahead of this week's Players Championship.

The American golf superstar withdrew from the recent Arnold Palmer Invitational. Woods had a suffered a neck strain, having competed in three tournaments this year, which forced home to miss the PGA Tour event.

The 14-time major champion is looking forward to the Players Championship, which will be held at the Stadium Course in Florida, USA.

"I feel good,” Woods, who is generally considered one of the greatest golfers of all time, told Golfweek.

"I needed last week off... I didn't want to push it. No need to. Not at my age (43). Can't do that anymore."

Woods will be looking to win the Players Championship for the third time, having claimed the tournament in 2001 and 2013.

The Players Championship currently offers the highest prize fund of any tournament in golf ($12.5 million in 2019). It overtook the US Open, which offers a $12 million purse.

I could not say no to Real Madrid president - Zinedine Zidane

French football icon Zinedine Zidane has explained why he returned to Spanish giants Real Madrid.

The outgoing European champions announced Zidane's return to the club as manager, replacing the sacked Santiago Solari on Monday night.

Zidane, who left Real last summer after leading the club to three successive Champions League titles, has signed a contract at the Madrid-based side until June 2022.

"In the nine moments that I've been away from the club, I haven't done any interviews," Zidane said.

"I couldn't say 'No' to the president because he knows what's going on with the players and after having won so much and there's often a drop in performance levels.”

Real, who have been eliminated from the UEFA Champions League and Copa del Rey, are currently placed third on the La Liga standings - 12 points behind the leaders Barcelona.

"That's what's happened to us. I could see it from the outside and it's as if I was part of it all. I'm not happy with how things have worked out," he added.

"The only thing that we can do now is to do our very best in these 11 (La Liga) games and see what we can do in the future."

Joe Schmidt wants more intensity against Wales

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt hopes his players can reproduce the intensity they showed for an hour against France last weekend for the whole of their Six Nations Championship decider away to Wales on Saturday.

Schmidt will take charge of his final Six Nations match at the helm of the Irish when they head to Cardiff. The defending champions could yet finish top of the pile again if they defeat the Dragons, but would also need England to lose at home to Scotland.

The Ireland coach admits that asking his players to turn up the dial for the whole of the game against Wales is a tall order.

“That intensity we brought, to replicate that, the human being, they’re not a regular machine so you've got to try to make sure that you're in the right frame of mind and you're ready to go,” said Schmidt.

“All those things are a little bit more complicated than saying right, I can tick that box, I can be satisfied with that 60 minutes - especially the first 40 - we just have to put two of those together.

“Now, I'd love it if we put two of those together but I know it's very hard to do.”

Schmidt said there was a lot to admire in a much-improved Irish performance, which saw them claim a 26-14 victory over Les Bleus.

“There's some things that looked bang on target but to replicate those, it's like anything,” he said.

“If you become distracted at all then there's a risk that they won’t be replicated the following time you get out there and play.

“We've got to stay as focused as we can on the things we didn't do so well, obviously those two tries at the end, they're a frustration.”


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