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Tiger Woods wants one last crack at Firestone

16 May, 2018, 11:33 | Author: Tommie Newton
  • Tiger Woods made a furious charge up the leaderboard Saturday

Paul Tesori, Webb Simpson's caddy, describes their win at The Players Championship, and where it stacks up against Simpson's U.S. Open title.

Five in front after 36 holes and seven ahead going into the final round, he could afford to put his approach in the water at the 18th and still win by four strokes following a 73. Simpson's playing partner for the day, Danny Lee, who had entered the day at 12-under, had cut into the lead with a birdie at the 2nd and then followed it up with another at the 3rd after almost making an ace.

While clearly taking confidence from some vintage play Woods will be less than pleased at not finishing off either of his weekend rounds, both of which could have been spectacular.

His only big mistake didn't even matter. Simpson spoke about his play on the greens after the anchor ban. He closed with a double bogey, but that only made the final margin closer.

Dustin Johnson's run of 64 weeks as world number one comes to an end after he could only manage a level-par 72 to finish tied for 17th. Thomas is the 21st player to reach No. 1 since the ranking began in 1986, and the seventh American.

Charl Schwartzel, Jimmy Walker and Xander Schauffele finished in a tie for 2 at 14 under, while a pair of Jasons- Day and Dufner-were a stroke further back in a tie for 5.

Woods went out in 32 and got to 14-under with his birdie at the 12th hole. Three birdies in four holes mid-round conjured visions of an improbable charge, but a bogey at 14 ended matters for the 14-time major victor, a water ball double-bogey at 17 just the final indignity. His 69 and tie for 11th did not really provide a fair reflection of his efforts from Saturday onwards but Woods still needs to convince that he can win in esteemed company.

Simpson won the Players Championship on Sunday, cruising to what turned out to be a fairly low-stress win after shooting a 63 on Friday and building a 7-stroke advantage through 54 holes.

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Simpson's bag is made up largely of Titleist equipment, including the 917 D2 driver.

US Open champion Brooks Koepka had earlier equalled the course record at Sawgrass thanks to just the second albatross on the 16th in tournament history.

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

Alas, Woods went 3-over the rest of the way for a final-round 69 (T11) that he said was another giant leap forward in his continuing comeback.

Thomas won his first major at the PGA Championship last August.

"I wasn't going in a good direction, " Simpson said. "I'm so relieved and I'm so happy at the moment, I can't describe it in words". "And I actually think it's easier to work hard when you're playing well".

Woods plays his second from the 10th fairway within a few feet and has a shot at birdie.

While a big lead looks like a foregone conclusion from the outside, Simpson confirmed it was a less than comfortable position for the man in the arena. Shane Lowry added his third consecutive under par round with a 71 which saw him finish at five under.

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