Simpson cruises to victory at Players Championship

Simpson cruises to victory at Players Championship

Simpson cruises to victory at Players Championship

A bogey at the 14th ultimately halted Tiger's charge and he double-bogeyed the iconic par-three 17th to finish with a 69 and a share of 11th at 11 under. Woods, however, left the course feeling better than ever about his comeback.

You would hardly know it based on his positive reaction after he tied for 11th at the Players Championship, shooting a final-round 69 after earlier being in a tie for second place behind eventual victor Webb Simpson.

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Despite what Webb Simpson said Friday after his course record tying round of 63 - which was that no lead was safe - it was virtually impossible for anyone to catch him on Sunday. Maybe even at winning for the first time since returning from a fourth back surgery. He struck the ball cleanly, stared at intently and then watched it spin off the green.

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

"This weekend was more like it", Woods said.

Woods began the final round still 11 shots behind the runaway leader, and who makes up that sort of deficit? On Saturday, he shot 30 on the front.

Woods finished with a final score of -11 and tied for 11th, seven shots behind the victor Webb Simpson who shot a -18. The drop also cost him approximately $600,000 in prize money, as the three players who tied for second each received $821,333, while Woods got $225,500.

To win it on Mother's Day almost brought him to tears. Fans young and old stood dozens deep, scurrying from tee to fairway to green, just for a brief peek at Woods.

The power and fitness are there for all to see; on Sunday he fired an imperious tee shot 354 yards on the treacherous 14th at Sawgrass.


"My dad got me started in the game", Simpson said.

"I played so well this weekend", Woods told Steve Sands of NBC.

Woods ended up tied for 11th at 277 along with Koepka, Australia's Adam Scott, Justin Thomas, England's Ian Poulter and Chesson Hadley, from Raleigh like Simpson.

Still, the big-picture view is mostly positive for the world's most popular player.

After opening with rounds of 72-71, Woods, who won this championship in 2001 and 2013, said he was close to putting all the pieces of his game together and said it was just a matter of time he would do just that, especially, he added, because he had gotten his golf "feels" back. - Webb Simpson credited everyone around him for winning The Players Championship, his fifth career victory and in some respects his most important.

With 107 starts since his last victory, Simpson said to win such a big event was special - particularly after a putting tip from former victor Tim Clark at this event past year played a crucial role in the result. He improved his world ranking from 65th to 20th. He holed his second shot on the par-5 16th for an albatross, birdied the 17th but parred the closing hole when a birdie would have given him the course record.

"I battled through, didn't have my best stuff but it was good enough". Coming off their strong performances at The Players Championship, Kuchar, Spieth and Walker are also scheduled to play in Dallas.

He had a year of practice before creating a seven shot lead going into the final round of THE PLAYERS.

Woods was one of many golfers to run into trouble on the famed island green.

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