Simpson cruises to four-stroke victory at Players Championship

15 May, 2018, 22:29 | Author: Suzanne Horton
  • Players Championship: Tiger Woods and Jordan Spieth prove unable to stop Webb Simpson

After finishing equal 11th at the Players Championship on Sunday, Tiger Woods declared himself ready to win another title. That act of serendipity meant Woods had to make alternative arrangements and head back to work.

Eighteen-time Major victor Tiger Woods finished seven shots adrift of Simpson on 11 under but at one stage closed the gap to four with a birdie on the 12th hole.

While Woods didn't really get close enough to have an intimidatory effect on this occasion, fair play to Simpson, a former US Open victor, for landing his first victory since 2013 in real style. "There's no way at the beginning of the year I would have predicted I would have been at this point".

"I played a lot of good shots out there today and it was nice to see a few putts go in". For the second consecutive day, Woods allowed what could have been a spectacular round to fall short of what it might have been.

Woods was not the only big name to make giant strides. Many in Scotland, of course, will still remember his less than convincing opening tee shot in the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles, but there was nothing meek about this display.

He bogeyed the par-three eighth but promptly recovered that shot with a birdie at the par-five ninth.

When Woods birdied Nos.

On Saturday, Simpson added to his lead by posting a 68, leaving him with a seven-shot edge over Lee heading into the final round.

But, just like Saturday, Woods was unable to keep his run going on the back nine, instead stalling.

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Florida-Webb Simpson isn't aware of the records he has tied or broken at The Players Championship.


Charl Schwartzel of South Africa, Jimmy Walker and Xander Schauffele tied for second at 14 under par, with Jason Day of Australia and Jason Dufner knotted in fifth another stroke in arrears.

But a bogey at the 14th cruelled his charge before a double-bogey 5 at the par-three 17th dropped him to a tie for 11th at 11 under.

"I didn't play particularly well the first couple of days, but I turned it around this weekend".

"I changed my thought a little bit today with my swing".

But Woods was in good spirits after the tournament about how his game is looking right now.

He also revealed that he is eager to play in the WGC-Bridgestone in August, which is a tournament that he has won eight times during his career.

"There are some big events to be played and one of my goals is to get into Akron one last time before we leave there", he said. "I hit it good all day long, and it's just the way it goes".

Asked to reiterate if there is any doubts in his mind that he can start winning again, Wood said: "No, no". He watched certain players crawl closer and closer to him but he never let it get to him.

Woods closed with a three-under 69 on Sunday and finished in a tie for 11th place at the PLAYERS Championship.

Dustin Johnson at least improved his chances of staying for No. 1 with four birdies over his final 10 holes for a 69. His game wants for nothing and he can do anything with a golf ball but week in, week out now he seems to have frailties.

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