Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Hard 'N Fast: Webb Simpson, not Tiger Woods, makes a comeback

Hard 'N Fast: Webb Simpson, not Tiger Woods, makes a comeback

Charl Schwartzel, Jimmy Walker and Xander Schauffele shared second. Simpson has had ups and downs in his career and he set out to win this week.

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.

"There is no way I would have predicted I would be at this point at the beginning of the year", said Woods. But Paul [caddie Paul Tesori] and I got in an argument on the golf course, and it was just frustration pent up in both of us. I did it the hard way in a sense, but it showed the quality of my long game today was much, much better. It was that mental strength that separated the 14-time major champion from the rest.

When you pick up more than nine strokes on the field for the week in strokes gained/putting, it's easy to key in on your putter as the club that helped you win the tournament.

"You know, we train hard and practice hard to try to win, and so - there's been some tough moments along the way".

"I felt like today was a good day overall but then I wasn't quite as sharp as I'd like to be", he said.

On how tough the final day was, he added, "It was hard". I sat up here and said let's give him the starts, let's give him the summer, let's give him the year, let's see if he can gain some of the freedom he needs. Not when his method of putting was banned, not when he was one of the worst on tour on the greens. Such was the case for Webb Simpson at the 2018 Players Championship. In 2012, Simpson swiped the trophy when the leaders stumbled coming home. DJ needed to finish inside the top 12 to hold on to his position in the rankings, but a disappointing one-over-par 72 final round saw him finish T17. In another stroke of brilliance from a player ranked 41st in the world, Simpson proceeded to hole his third shot for an eagle that stretched his lead to seven strokes.

For one morning, Woods created the biggest buzz of the week. Four-time Major victor McIlroy is going to be one of the all-time greats but he misses cuts like anyone else, which Tiger did not do.

Woods turned in four-under 30. And then he hit one, and the wind is just going like this the whole day, and if he caught this, he's a tap-in birdie.

Woods failed to get any more birdies and worse, he doubled the 17th going into water.

Jordan Spieth (T41): The top-ranked player on the PGA Tour in Sunday scoring average stalled after a 7-under 65 on Saturday. The gains were given away on eighth, but Simpson was still way ahead.

But at the par-three 17th, where he took a double-bogey after finding the water on Friday, Simpson brought a huge crowd to their feet in sinking a three-footer for birdie that moved him back to 19-under. His first putt ran past the hole to the fringe beyond but Simpson holed the par putt.

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