That might change now.
"I feel like I'm in kind of an underdog position — maybe overlooked at the start of the week, won last week, maybe a little tired," Fowler said. "I'm ready to go. Like I said last week, it's all about giving yourself chances out here, and I gave myself a chance last week on Sunday and took advantage of it. Go out tomorrow, have some fun, give it our best shot and see where that puts us."
Woods' chances effectively ended just before the turn. He missed a 6-foot birdie on No. 6 and three-putted No. 7 from 12 feet. He missed a 7-foot birdie putt on the par-3 eighth, and a 12-foot birdie putt on the par-5 ninth. And then, he bogeyed the 10th.
"I figured if I shot 67, 68, something in that range, I would be right in the ball game going into tomorrow," Woods said. "This golf course is set up today where you can go out there and shoot a 65, but then again, you can also go shoot something in the 80s pretty easily, too."
George McNeill shot 82, the only round in the 80s, though there were some big wrecks.
Harris English, one shot out of the lead in his Players Championship debut, hit an opening drive that bloodied a marshal. He made bogey, then took a triple bogey on the par-5 second and a double bogey on the fifth for a 42 on the front nine. He shot 79 and was 12 shots behind. Charlie Wi was hanging around the contenders until he ended his day with a four-putt double bogey on the 18th, leaving him seven shots back.
Phil Mickelson, trying to cap off a week that began with his induction into the World Golf Hall of Fame, had a 70 that have him an outside shot at 4-under 212.