This Week In Golf: Webb Simpson Buries Field At Players Championship

Calvin Saunders
May 16, 2018

A year ago at TPC Sawgrass, Simpson struggled with his putting, but a tip from Clark helped get Simpson going again.

Staked to a seven-shot lead, no one got closer than four shots of Simpson, even after a double bogey on the 18th hole when his only concern was finishing the hole.

In the mortals division, it was a three-way tie four strokes back among Charl Schwartzel, Jimmy Walker and Xander Schauffele.

Woods had produced his best ever round at TPC Sawgrass with a 65 on Saturday, and was 14-under through 12 and sharing second place thanks to six birdies. It came nearly seven months after the death of his father.

"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. "It's been an emotional week for my mom and sisters and my brother".

"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". Clark had also anchored the putter before the ban and suggested that Simpson try the "claw" grip. He admitted to tough times over the last two years and credited his wife, Dowd. "And I think if I had stayed with the belly putter, I think I maybe average 35th to 60th every year in putting".

"Eventually I was going to put all the pieces together and today, for the most part, I did that", he said. He began the final round looking up at Webb Simpson. Almost two and a half years have passed, but for players like Simpson, it has to feel like an eternity. There was no shortage of low scores Sunday, but those salvos were fired mostly from the rear of the pack, too distant to unnerve their target.

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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. Simpson has had ups and downs in his career and he set out to win this week.

Koepka also recorded just the second albatross in tournament history, when he one-hopped his second shot into the cup on the par-five 16th.

Woods hit his worst shot of the day on the par-3 17th hole, where his tee shot was woefully short and took a dip in the lake. He finished T-11.

Woods made 14 birdies over the weekend and seems to have improved his driving drastically in the past week or so, something that has really let him down so far this year. "He's certainly playing well enough to do so".

After failing to birdie the par-5 16th for the second straight day, he arrived at the par-3 17th and watched Jordan Spieth stick his shot to a few feet from a precarious pin that is typically on the right side on Sundays. The Stadium course at TPC at Sawgrass in Ponte Verde, Florida. Next year the event returns to March, when conditions tend not to be as favorable. Entering the week, The Players had all of the top 50 in the world ranking. Dustin Johnson the former number 1 player in the world was near the leaderboard but needed to win to keep his ranking.

"I mean, he'll win sometime soon enough", said Spieth. "So hopefully if I keep on top of it will just slowly go away".

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