Webb Simpson cruises to big win at The Players Championship

16 May, 2018, 11:32 | Author: Brenda Erickson
  • Tiger Woods made a furious charge up the leaderboard Saturday

Webb Simpson celebrates winning The Players Championship golf tournament at TPC Sawgrass - Stadium Course.

"I played so well this weekend; unfortunately, I just didn't cash in", said Woods, who finished tied for 11th, seven shots behind eventual victor Simpson.

Lee's been pretty good too, easily his best performance so far this PGA season, and sat two strokes clear a whole bunch of players in third.

Woods has yet to tell us when he will next be competing, but Jack Nicklaus' Memorial event in Dublin, Ohio - starting on 31 May - would seem the logical choice in the build-up to next month's US Open.

Not quite ready to get off that train just yet, Tiger hit another monstrous tee shot at the 5th, a 320-yard missile down the fairway. It's just his seventh top-12 finish ever at this tournament. It was time to push, to apply one last burst of pressure on runaway leader Simpson. Simpson's playing partner for the day, Danny Lee, who had entered the day at 12-under, had cut into the lead with a birdie at the 2nd and then followed it up with another at the 3rd after almost making an ace.

Simpson was in the top 10 in the world when the anchoring ban was proposed.

While a double bogey on the 17th hole overshadowed his final round somewhat, Tiger Woods still took plenty of positives away from finishing tied for 11th at the 2018 Players Championship. He saved par at the eighth by hitting an explosion out of a greenside bunker and banking the ball off the slope on the right side of the green.

Duval, a former world number one who was Woods' first genuine rival in the pro ranks, believes the rejuvenated American has to maintain a busy playing schedule.

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After it came up short and rolled off the front of the green, Woods elected to putt and left it 8 feet short, then missed the par putt. The bogey dropped him back to 13-under, six shots back with four to play. The 32-year-old took this tournament by the throat on Friday by shooting a course-record tying 63 on Friday, a score that could have been better had he not rinsed his tee ball on 17.

Jordan Spieth, who finished tied for 41 at six under par, believes Woods will soon break his trophy drought, which dates back to August 2013 when he won the Bridgestone Invitational.

The only way anyone other than Simpson could win, was if Simpson started making bogeys and doubles, which he refused to do.

After a drive to the right intermediate rough on the 393-yard par-4 sixth hole, Poulter had a 138 yard approach shot, setting himself up for the birdie. Finishes with a 3-under 69 to end the week at 11 under.

"I thought about him all day", Simpson said of his father.

Jimmy Walker, Charl Schwartzel and Xander Schauffele all shot 67 to tie for second.

"You get used to playing at a level that you know you're capable of, and then you go a year or two years playing below that capability, and it starts to get at you, " Simpson said after earning $1.98 million for his victory. He closed with a 1-over 73 for a four-shot victory, his biggest title since the 2012 U.S. Open at Olympic Club.

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