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Posted March 13, 2019 12:03 pm |

Tiger Woods works with putting coach at The Players Championship

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    Tiger Woods lines up a putt on #3 during the Monday practice round of the 2018 Masters Tournament. [NIGEL COOK/THE AUGUSTA CHRONICLE]
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    Tiger Woods lines up a putt on #3 during the Monday practice round of the 2018 Masters Tournament. [NIGEL COOK/THE AUGUSTA CHRONICLE]

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — Coming off one of his worst putting performances in Mexico, Tiger Woods asked for some outside help at The Players Championship. Kentucky-based Matt Killen was with during a nine-hole practice round. Woods knows him through Justin Thomas, who has used Killen for his putting since his freshman year at Alabama.

Killen also works with J.B. Holmes.

"I've seen Matt out here in the past year because he works with J.T. a lot and Matt has seen my stroke enough," Woods said. "I wanted him to take a look at it and see what he thought of where my setup looked like now versus all the times that I've putted well, and I've putted well with different postures throughout my career. I've done different things. But I wanted him to take a look at it, and then he mentioned a few things."

Thomas found one aspect to this humorous.

"A lot of people have found that he was my putting coach this week," Thomas said.

It's not the first time Woods has asked someone to look at him. He leaned on Steve Stricker in 2013 at Doral (which he won by two shots over Stricker). Mike Thomas, the father of Justin and a career club professional, once watched him during a practice round last year.