Webb Simpson takes 5-shot lead at Players Championship

Webb Simpson takes 5-shot lead at Players Championship

Chalk up another victim for the iconic par three 17th hole here as former US Open Champion Webb Simpson had one of the most remarkable rounds in modern golf history wrenched from his grasp at the Players Championship on Friday. But there have been moments. No, Woods did not have a great day driving the golf ball, but on that particular hole, he hit one of the prettiest little draws you'll ever see. He went on to say, "I wish I could repeat this more often, but honestly it was just about getting off to a good start". - Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson delivered plenty of entertainment Thursday at The Players Championship.

Famous in the United Kingdom for the 18-handicap-like 100-yard drive he popped up off the first tee in the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles four years ago, the 2012 US Open champion Webb Simpson leads the 45th edition of The Players at the halfway stage.

Age before beauty? Perhaps it's age before birdies at The Players Championship for Wisconsin's own Steve Stricker.

"I think I started tidying up a few of the areas I had (trouble with) last (week) and I think the swing is coming along", Day said. All of the top players make sure that they can play barring any unforeseen circumstances, which does not happen in many tournaments other than majors.

Woods has spent the past two weeks struggling to find his putting touch and unable to give himself enough birdie opportunities. That is just fine for a golfer who has not won since 2013 and whose livelihood seemed in serious jeopardy when the ban on anchoring a putter went into effect.

As well as winning four major titles, McIlroy has claimed two World Golf Championship events and four FedEx Cup play-off tournaments, with his victory in the 2016 Tour Championship giving him the overall title and $10m bonus.


Woods had seven approach shots of 125 yards or closer, but failed to get any of them inside 15 feet. "We were talking about it throughout the round, all three of us".

A five-shot lead is better than not having a five-shot lead, but it's certainly not safe; the field is even deeper than the water at #17, and the weekend should be a lot of fun.

"I think if I can keep pushing but be smart about it, I feel like can I win in bunches".

The signs were not promising for McIlroy early on when he chunked a chip into a bunker at the second, although he made a good up-and-down for par which he repeated following a poor tee shot to the short third. I definitely want to stay there, but if someone passes me it's not going to change anything, I'm still going to go back the next week and try to get it back.

"When it gets firm and fast, it's hard", Thomas said. He shot 71 and missed the cut by two shots.

"It's a handsome course in that there are birdie holes out there, but you can make bogeys or double bogeys just as easy".

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