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Webb Simpson was dominating at The Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass.
After spending three years in the wilderness trying to reinvent his putting stroke after the anchor ban, the former U.S Open champion took out what many call the 5th major, The Players Championship.
Simpson set up his win with an impressive round on Friday flirting with a 59 but doubled bogeyed the 17th hole to finish the round at 9 under. He then cruised on the weekend with a 68 on Saturday and 73 on Sunday to win by 4 shots over Charl Scwartzel, Jimmy Walker and Xander Schauffele.
Simpson said after his round on the final day that it “Harder than I thought,” Even his caddie added that it was “Longest round of golf I’ve ever caddied in my life,”.
As Simpson embraced his wife Dowd he said “It’s been a long time. We did it,” which shows you how much the win means to him.
We saw flashes of the old Tiger Woods as he got the crowd going on Saturday. Woods was out with a 6 under 30 and then went on to birdie the 11th and 12th to get it to 9 under for the tournament. He bogeyed 14th on the way in and finished with a 7 under 65. He was at it again on Sunday with a 4 under 32 on the front nine and birdied the 11th and 12th again to get it to 13 under for the tournament but he was too far away from Simpson to put any pressure on. Woods bogeyed 14th again and double bogeyed the 17th to finish the tournament at 11 under and tied for 11th.
“I hit it so good,” Woods said. “It was nice. I had control of it from tee to green; I made some putts; I felt good on basically every facet of the game, and it's weird; not to really mishit a shot today and only shoot 3-under par is just weird, because I played much better than that.”
After the tournament Woods said that it was a massive step in the right direction.
“There's no way I would have predicted I would be at this point the beginning of the year,” he said. “The way I was just coming back and just trying to get a feel for it and then hopefully have a schedule. Didn't know. But now I feel like I've got my playing feels and I'm playing tournament golf and I've got it -- I'm not that far off from winning golf tournaments.”