Simpson cruises to victory at Players Championship

Doug Mendoza
May 17, 2018

In mid-season of 2016, he had already gone to the style used by 2012 Players champion Matt Kuchar of holding the club, anchoring the shaft against his right arm - which was conforming, according to the USGA.

Following last week's T55 finish there wasn't much confidence that Woods could take on a beast like TPC Sawgrass where ball-striking is premium and every part of your game is tested. His next appearance is likely to be in The Memorial at the end of the month, with the US Open at Shinnecock Hills soon after that. Once it was announced last week he was going to play, the thoughts of him returning to the winners' circle started to come. Woods has won five times but hasn't played since 2015. I sat up here and said let's give him the starts, let's give him the summer, let's give him the year, let's see if he can gain some of the freedom he needs.

It is fair to assume Webb Simpson did not spend much time looking in his rear-view mirror.

The Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rickie Fowler supergroup didn't live up to the hype, but it sure was a nice Thursday for Golf Channel. Numerous fans flocked to this group thinking that the victor would come out of this group. "I didn't miss a shot and only ended up with a 69".

"I didn't play particularly well in the first couple days, but I turned it around this weekend and I got it rolling, " Woods said. However, he has won the tournament in the past.

Money leader Sungjae Im was second after a 68.

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Tiger struggled in the first two rounds but had two great rounds over the weekend. Simpson's 18-footer for a par on the last summed up his performance.

Woods took advantage of warm temperatures, soft greens and little wind by making birdies at three of the first four holes. And the rest of his game came around, too. Such was the case for Webb Simpson at the 2018 Players Championship. Simpson then birdied and Tiger was six shots back and the comeback was over.

TPC Sawgrass belonged to champion Webb Simpson, who brilliantly controlled this prestigious tournament, but it was Woods who dominated most conversations in the aftermath. Justin Thomas who has been playing well as of late became the new number one player in the world. He made 13 of those, and there's your formula for playing world class golf at the highest level in the deepest field of the year.

But the man who sat unrecognised in a local coffee shop on Saturday morning is among a group of players fractionally below the top echelon, capable of winning when they put all facets of the game together at the same time.

Told that Simpson was 19 under, Lee digested that and responded: "That's an impressive three rounds, I think". None could do enough to catch Simpson during a week of low scoring at the final Players Championship in May.

Searching for a signature win to validate his U.S. Open victory, Simpson found some magic as the 32-year-old finished 18 under overall. On his final hole he hit a shot in the water but at that point, it didn't matter. The changes I made after LA; the way I played at Honda and how I played at Valspar and Bay Hill...

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