Simpson completes a big win at Players Championship

Players Championship: Tiger Woods and Jordan Spieth prove unable to stop Webb Simpson

Players Championship: Tiger Woods and Jordan Spieth prove unable to stop Webb Simpson

This week it was Webb Simpson.

Former US Open champion Webb Simpson finished a four-stroke, wire-to-wire triumph at the Players Championship on Sunday to end a four-year victory drought. A closing 73 was sufficient to take the trophy by four, at 18 under par.

Jimmy Walker closed with a bogey-free 67 and tied for second with Charl Schwartzel and Xander Schauffele, who also shot 67s. In another stroke of brilliance from a player ranked 41st in the world, Simpson proceeded to hole his third shot for an eagle that stretched his lead to seven strokes.

Earlier Woods had threatened to achieve the impossible. Will he win a 15th major championship?

Simpson's total rating of 18 beneath was the bottom on the Gamers Championship since 2003, and his six consecutive birdies on Friday equaled a match report.

It would, however, be the highwater mark of Woods's challenge.

As a result, the 27-year-old earned a NZ$530,000 pay day. "His roars are definitely a different sound than everybody else's but I knew he started 10 or 11 shots back, so he would have to do something really special". "I didn't play particularly well the first couple of days but I turned it around this weekend. Not to really mishit a shot today and only shoot 3-under par is just weird, because I played much better than that". He gets the "well, he hasn't played well at this course recently" pass to pair with his "well, he provided us with a ton of content with those hilarious shirts" pass, but I'm intrigued by the next few months.


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"There's no way I would have predicted I would be at this point the beginning of the year, the way I was just coming back and just trying to get a feel for it and then hopefully have a schedule". Now I feel like I've got my playing feels.

And having emerged from last year's career-saving back fusion operation, the man himself is clearly imbued with regenerated confidence.

Simpson, who used an anchored putting stroke prior to the rules change, and actually snapped his old belly putter over his knee one off-season (he kept the parts, however, for posterity), putted like a fiend using an arm-lock style at TPC Sawgrass.

The victor reeled off six pars to open his fourth round. Two further birdies came at the 11th and 12th, by which point he had moved to 14 under par and was looking like finishing in second place but he dropped a shot at the 14th and, like so many others, found the water at the 17th, costing him a double bogey.

Last Saturday, he was eight under for his first 12 holes. Even the careless finding of a lake at the last was irrelevant.

Still, he hasn't played very well at this track over the course of his career and it seemed important for him to jump-start the second half of his season with something on the weekend. Simpson saw players like Dufner, Walker, and Jason Day all go out in front of him and try to peck away at his lead.

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