Simpson lead cut to five at Sawgrass with Woods on the prowl

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"I always love coming here".

In second place at 14 under were Charl Schwartzel, Jimmy Walker and Xander Schauffele (all 67), with Australia's Jason Day one shot further back to share fifth place with Jason Dufner. Simpson spoke about his play on the greens after the anchor ban.

We saw glimpses of the old Woods over the weekend, and maybe the next Webb Simpson at some point in the near future.

A costly finish of three dropped shots in the last five holes, including a ball in the water at the 17th, meant Woods didn't even finish in the top ten.

Woods survived an early scare after a wild drive at the second
Woods survived an early scare after a wild drive at the second

So you know where you can find me during my free time on Saturdays and Sundays if Woods is on the course. right in the middle of my couch! He added birdies at the 11th and 12th and was 6 under par for his round. And like Saturday, his momentum was sapped with a bogey on 14.

"He hit some monster tee shots, incredible iron shots and the freedom with which he did that we just hadn't seen".

Justin Thomas also has cause for celebration going into Memorial after becoming the 21st different golfer to become world No. 1 following his joint-11th finish at the Players. Simpson, whose first professional victory came at the 2011 Wyndham Championship at Sedgefiled Country Club in Greensboro, is the second former Wake Forest player to win The Players, with Lanny Wadkins winning the tournament in 1979. I hit the ball well, I controlled it and I made some putts.

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

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Following a blistering, 7-under round of 65 on Saturday, his lowest-ever round at The Players, Tiger still began the day 11 strokes back of Simpson in a tie for ninth, which is quite wonderful considering he began his weekend sitting in a tie for 68th after just making the cut (tell me you've heard that conspiracy theory of Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas purposely making bogeys at the last on Friday to get Woods to the weekend).

But as the clamor grew in the galleries and the golf world drew breath, it wasn't to be. "I'm not that far off from winning golf tournaments". "And I was like, 'Shut the f up'".

Duval told Golf Channel viewers in the United States: "We've all questioned what is the top for him in this comeback?"

If Simpson's triumph was anticlimactic, it was neither undeserved nor unemotional.

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Simpson owned the second round, shooting a 63 to take a five-shot lead after Friday's play. He ended the week T19 in strokes gained: putting, and was 14th in strokes gained: around-the-green. Well, apologies for the pun, but "drive for show and putt for dough" sums up Simpson's week quite well.

Simpson took home $1.98 million for his victory; only the U.S. Open pays more. "Unfortunately, I just didn't cash in", said Woods.

Rejuvenated Webb Simpson deserves all the plaudits and headlines he is receiving after holding his nerve to post a dominant victory at The Players Championship on Sunday. Simpson heeded his advice and his fortune on putting surfaces began to turn. It was a lot harder than I thought it would be. "This is a little beacon of light for my mom, to get this done on Mother's Day". This marked an emotional scene for Simpson, whose father died at the end of previous year. That shook Simpson, who refers to his dad as his hero, to his core.

"He'll win sometime soon enough", Spieth was quoted as saying by ESPN. "It's been a tough few months for my mom, my brothers and sisters".

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