'Exhausted' Simpson savours first win in five years

Tiger Woods at The Players Championship

"It was just a matter of time", Woods said, "and this weekend was it".

"I wish I could repeat it more often, but honestly it was just a better start", Woods said. Heading in to the final day with a seven-shot cushion, Simpson's one-over 73 saw him complete a dominant victory at TPC Sawgrass over his nearest challengers.

Butch Harmon reflects on another impressive Tiger Woods display and discusses Webb Simpson's convincing victory at the Players Championship.

The Rotorua Boys' High prodigy, now 27, managed birdies only on the two par 5s on the back nine. It wasn't anything like the morning guys' golf in the afternoon. "I'm so relieved and I'm so happy at the moment, I can't describe it in words. But to come here against this field and put up some good numbers the first three days and do what I needed to do today to get it done, I'm so happy". "Had a chance this weekend, unfortunately I just didn't cash in".

He said the hole locations were tough, with most meaning the golfers faced hard slopes.

In 26 tournaments since the putting tip at last year's Players, Simpson, 32, missed just a single cut. The changes I made after LA; the way I played at Honda and how I played at Valspar and Bay Hill...

Simpson would have had to shoot 6-under in the final round to break the tournament record, and he was content with pars.

He had started the third round equal second with South African Charl Schwartzel and American Patrick Cantlay, but five shots behind Simpson.

Lee had a simple philosophy about what lies ahead.

"Having had the opportunity to speak to him about it, we were all in a hurry to judge what was going on". The 42-year-old badly miscued an approach to the 14th, which triggered his first bogey since the same hole a day earlier.

The 14-time major victor fell a few feet short of providing the first real drama Sunday on the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass.

Woods had 110 yards to the pin, he belted a 60 degree wedge, only to see the ball spin back off the front of the green.

It added to a 19-under 197, the score Norman had after three rounds in 1994 on a rain-softened course.

The former world number one has recorded his fourth top 20 finish since returning to the PGA Tour, finishing in a share of 11th at the Players' Championship.

And, yes, there are a lot of very good players around in the game at the moment, so winning again is way more hard for Woods than it once was.

"The way I was coming back into it, I was just trying to get a feel for it and hopefully have a schedule". I'm so frustrated, I'm over it, and he is, too, and he kind of encouraged me to really do something about it.

Simpson was steady with pars at the first six holes before the Golfing Gods rewarded him with a birdie from 33-feet at the seventh.

Spieth made the cut after a 4-under 68 in Round 2. None of them pressed Simpson. Johnson was in third place, nine strokes behind Simpson.

That finish, coupled with Dustin Johnson's tie for 17th place, allowed Thomas to overtake Johnson, who'd held the spot since February 2017.

And when quizzed after his final round at TPC Sawgrass, he highlighted playing at the WGC-Bridgestone event as a main goal, rather than winning any particular tournament. "He's the only one that's going really low".

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