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Tiger Woods is back to his confident self after Players Championship

15 May, 2018, 22:26 | Author: Candice Daniels
  • Tiger Woods at The Players Championship

Tiger Woods pulled out all the stops during his 69.

"It was tough", Simpson told Steve Sands of NBC. You always want to be leading going into the final round.

"He was basically back to square one after spending thousands of hours perfecting a perfectly fine method, " Scott said of Simpson.

Although Simpson's accuracy and ball striking were impressive throughout the week, it was his prowess on the greens that played the key role in his victory. Simpson was not expected to blow a lead bigger than anyone had ever blown in the final round of a PGA Tour event but he said it was not as easy as it looked. He was in third place, nine shots behind, and figured all he could do last Sunday was go as low as he could and see where it led. This year, he's been much better. This helped him rank 32nd in Strokes Gained Off The Tee (1.466).

There's a lovely irony in that. I didn't really miss a shot and only ended up on 69. "I had to pace myself and just stay in it". "This was for her". Since winning the U.S. Open in 2012 at the Olympic Club in San Francisco, Simpson hasn't finished better than 13th in a major, which came in 2016 at the PGA Championship. In that sense, this one has to be at least as satisfying if not more so. The gains were given away on eighth, but Simpson was still way ahead.

Here are the rest of our grades for the 2018 Players Championship. "If it hadn't been for my faith, it would have been a lot harder", he said after he finished a dominant week at The Players with a four-stroke win.

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Joining Woods in the group on 11-under was Justin Thomas - whose final-round 66 for 277 was good enough to dethrone Dustin Johnson atop the world rankings.

After starting the day 11 shots behind, he cut the deficit to four shots but then, just as he did in the third round when he made his lone bogey of the round on the 14th hole, Woods ran into trouble again on the hole. He also had one of the more freaky finishes you'll ever see. So I call certain guys who maybe have struggled and have tried out different putters.

Still, he hasn't played very well at this track over the course of his career and it seemed important for him to jump-start the second half of his season with something on the weekend. - One hundred seven times, Webb Simpson had begun a golf tournament without finishing one just the way he wanted.

"I didn't play particularly well the first couple of days, but I turned it around this weekend".

"I've won there eight times and I would like to get there with one more chance but I've got to do some work between now and then and hopefully it will put together one good event". Mickelson actually putted well, but every other part of his game was atrocious.

While Woods didn't really get close enough to have an intimidatory effect on this occasion, fair play to Simpson, a former US Open victor, for landing his first victory since 2013 in real style. 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.

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