With any luck, Tiger Woods can be the next Webb Simpson

With any luck, Tiger Woods can be the next Webb Simpson

He certainly was not as aggressive or as bent on making birdies.

Simpson played steady despite all the challenges that came his way. A front-nine 30 suggested Woods might indeed be back to form. Though in championship fettle the Stadium Course still measures 7,200 yards, which is a pitch and putt for today's monster hitters unless you layer a place with booby traps.

A double-bogey at the final hole was just a blip for the 32-year-old Simpson, who signed for a final-round 73 and an 18-under par total of 270 at TPC Sawgrass. Woods, however, left the course feeling better than ever about his comeback.

If there was any disappointment, Woods said, it was in getting himself to eight-under through 12 but settling for a seven-under round.

Woods shot a 3-under 69 in the final round and tied for 11th at 11-under 277. He finished close to last in both strokes gained around the green and strokes gained on approach shots, which had been two relative strong points for him all season.

Webb Simpson heard the roars echoing across TPC Sawgrass as Tiger Woods made a charge. He stirred packed galleries into a frenzy on Mother's Day while wearing his traditional red shirt.

"I didn't play particularly well the first couple of days, but I turned it around this weekend". "I hit a lot of good, quality shots". After almost acing the par-3 17th, he made a quadruple-bogey on the par-4 18th that included a three-putt from five feet for a 2-over 74.

"I felt comfortable with every facet of my game today", he said. "Not to really mis-hit a shot and only shoot three under par is just weird because I played much better than that". But a back-nine 35 showed that he's not.


He was even on the back, which was slightly easier for everyone else.

He is a lovely player but one of the unfortunate ones who started his career with the belly putter when it was legal. "I feel like this is my first win", he said, reflecting on his fourth and most recent victory, the 2013 Shriners Hospital for Children Open.

"So his game, if I compare it to other guys that are winning golf tournaments that I'm playing with day to day, it's right up there".

Woods will take two weeks off before playing the Memorial Tournament, which potentially could be his final tuneup before the U.S. Open in June.

Woods ended up tied for 11th at 277 along with Koepka, Australia's Adam Scott, Justin Thomas, England's Ian Poulter and Chesson Hadley, from Raleigh like Simpson.

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

Kiwi Danny Lee may have been a victim to a Donald Trump Heckler on the last day of the Players Championship. Simpson hit away from the flag, and his wedge shot settled safely in the middle of the green.

"Just got to keep my hat down and play my own game and... We miss him like insane, but I really wanted to do this for my mom".

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