Simpson wins Players despite Woods' charge

Lawrence Cooper
May 15, 2018

Instead, he spun the wedge off the front of the green and ended up with a bogey.

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

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.

It's that randomness - Simpson hadn't won in five years, and at one point had it to 20 under par - that will make Woods' next victory, if it comes, so satisfying. He added birdies at the 11th and 12th and was 6 under par for his round. Woods was seven shots back. It was harder than I thought. "Just didn't go in". The idea that Woods might somehow triumph survived until the penultimate hole, the perilous par-3, where he dunked his ball in the aqua. On his final hole he hit a shot in the water but at that point, it didn't matter. But this time, he pounded a driver 355 yards into the fairway and had the short distance to the flag.

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"This weekend I hung in there to get it done".

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

"It was blowing downwind, and then, unfortunately, it switched in my face", he said. Dustin Johnson the former number 1 player in the world was near the leaderboard but needed to win to keep his ranking.

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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.

This is in part because golf is struggling to sell its new stars who are no longer afraid to take on Woods and his mystique. He would have been pushing the top 50 with a second-place finish. Woods has also committed to play in the Open Championship at Carnoustie from July 19 to 22. He will move from 53rd to 48th in the FedEx Cup standings.

This was Simpson's fifth career win on the Tour, but his last title came in October 2013 at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. But he noted Sunday that he'd like to qualify for the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in August. It is moving to Memphis, Tennessee, after this year. "I think she has been more invested in my golf than before. But I've to do some work between now and then".

"He'll win sometime soon enough", said Spieth, who tied for 41st after a final-round 74 that included an 8 at the last hole.

"I didn't really miss a shot today, so I'm not that disappointed with it", he said. "The way I was coming back into it, I was just trying to get a feel for it and hopefully have a schedule".

Woods played a cracking final two rounds. We could feel it at the Players Championship, and what he did there will only feed a growing sense of anticipation across the golfing world. The "Tiger Slam" of 2000-01, when Woods won all five of those events in a row. He has jumped from 1,199th in the world to 80th.

"But to be honest with you guys, I've never putted this well in my life, and I think if I had stayed with the belly putter, I think I maybe averaged 35th to 60th every year in putting, so very average. I felt like I had control of it today".

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