But at least his two children didn't see it.

“I don't let them go on social media,” Woods said after signing off at golf's unofficial fifth major with a three-under-par 69 and a six-under total.

During Friday's second round, Woods put two balls in the water at the famous island green hole for the first time in his career – finding the green with his fifth shot and two-putting for a seven.

But the 14-time major winner said four rounds (70, 71, 72, 69) at par or better at the brutal Sawgrass have him feeling sharp, three weeks out from the Masters.

Tiger reacts to his quadruple bogey seven on the famous 17th hole during Friday’s second round. PHOTO: Sam Greenwood/Getty Images.

Although Woods finished outside the top 20 for the first time in four PGA Tour events this year, the 43-year-old is walking away from The Players more confident about his chances of a fifth green jacket at Augusta National.

He hit a creditable 68 percent of fairways at Sawgrass and 72 percent of greens in regulation, while ranking 42nd for Strokes Gained: Putting.

“I’m excited (by) the way I drove it pretty straight this week,” Woods said.

“(My game) is right on track; I feel like I'm able to shape the golf ball both ways.

“I just need a few more putts go in, but that's about it.”

Woods' final event before the Masters will be the World Golf Championships-Match Play in Austin, Texas later this month.

The 80-time PGA Tour winner has not played the event since 2013 and hasn't yet experienced the round robin format adopted in 2015.

Each of the 64 players are guaranteed at least three pool matches.

Having skipped the recent Arnold Palmer Invitational due to a neck strain, Woods shot down suggestions he was overloading before Augusta.

“No, I get a week off after that,” Woods said.

“That's kind of nice knowing that I'll be able to get at least three good rounds in.”

-Evin Priest, Australian Associated Press