The favored left-hander, who joined Woods and different members of the potential US Ryder Cup staff at captain Jim Furyk's Ponte Vedra Seashore dwelling earlier this week, holds a report six runner-up spots within the 12 months's second main.
Woods returned to competitive golf in December after a string of injuries, and Wednesday's news ensures that his first year back will feature at least three major appearances.
The actual golf? Not so great. By the back nine, many fans had made a decision to drown their sorrows rather than watch Woods struggle to make birdies en route to an even-par 72 and Mickelson completely collapse on his way to a 79. "It's so hot, it's playing short, the greens are receptive".
"It's a lot more fun when you can get the three guys firing and trying to top each other, " Fowler said.
Back in 2007, it looked as though he had lost his chance of the coveted Claret Jug when he hit his ball into the Barry Burn not once, but twice on the last hole of regulation play - the fearsome 499-yard "Home" hole. "It didn't work out that way".
"That's golf, unfortunately", Woods said after signing for a 1-under-par 71 that left him at 1 under through 36 holes and on the cut line.
Woods has played seven times this year on his comeback after a successful spinal fusion operation last April, with a tie for second at the Valspar Championship his best result.
Mickelson and Woods, along with Rickie Fowler (74), drew huge crowds as the featured group at the Stadium Course.
Kim, who previous year was the youngest victor of the Players, joined legendary Jack Nicklaus as the first player since Nicklaus in 1977 to shoot an equal defending champion low first round of 67.
Woods' big-name playing partner, Phil Mickelson, wasn't even average.
Both players seemed to embrace the grouping, with Mickelson suggesting they skip "all the ancillary stuff of a tournament and just go head-to-head and have kind of a high-stake, winner-take-all match".
"It is a big big deal for this part of the world", said John.
Woods begins play Thursday at 1:52 p.m. EDT on the first tee.
"I don't think anybody... will ever see that level of play again", he said.
Mickelson was going home for the weekend and he knew it. Fowler was 5 under through 14 before consecutive double bogeys to miss the cut.
"Rory is committed to helping build the strongest field we can get and I am sure he has taken the time to chat with the guys on the PGA Tour informally".
"I was looking forward to [playing with them] and definitely enjoy it".