May 20, 2018

Winners/Losers from 2018 Players Championship

17 May 2018, 02:55 | Ken Black

Tiger Woods, Jordan Spieth paired together in final round for first time ever at The Players Championship

Tiger Woods made a furious charge up the leaderboard Saturday

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. His T2 included a bogey-free 68 in the final round is his best finish at THE PLAYERS. This is the first time the event is being held on this course, as Billy Horschel won the event past year at TPC Las Colinas, where the Byron Nelson had been held since 1983. Now with a U.S. Open and a Players Championship on his resume, he enters some elite company in PGA Tour history.

"It really is", he replied to being asked if this performance had been a big positive for him, bearing in mind, of course, that we are talking about a man who has undergone four back operations in three years and only returned to competitive action late last year.

But despite losing yards off the tee, it's not surprising Simpson won for the first time in five years.

"I've been waiting for this moment my whole career", Lagergren said. - Webb Simpson never really knew anything else.

Woods was one of many golfers to run into trouble on the famed island green. Numerous fans flocked to this group thinking that the victor would come out of this group.

Simpson also alluded to golf's unerring ability to make a hero of a player who was bang average the week before, or call forward an all-time great who looked to be heading for the trap door. That was Tiger. Meanwhile, Mickelson and Fowler both miss the cut.

In 26 tournaments since the putting tip at last year's Players, Simpson, 32, missed just a single cut. Fowler also had a terrible first couple of days and he too would not see the weekend. He won $1.98 million, the second-largest tournament payoff behind only the U.S. Open. He was tied for second at one point, still four shots behind, but that was as close he got. The Englishman's biggest win to date came just two years ago, but he's failed to make the weekend in eight of his nine worldwide starts this year. Well, apologies for the pun, but "drive for show and putt for dough" sums up Simpson's week quite well. As most leaders do they come out with a game plan and with the help of their caddy Simpson himself had a decent final round. It is a remarkable turnaround for the California native, who had fallen to No. 1,199 in the world before making his comeback in December after spending six months out of the game following his back surgery a year ago. If this is the Tiger we saw in the final two rounds then we will see him in the winner's circle in 2018 maybe a couple of times.

Thomas supplanted Dustin Johnson (who finished tied for 17th) as the new World No. 1.

"He'll win sometime soon enough", said Spieth, who tied for 41st after a final-round 74 that included an 8 at the last hole.

I think Webb Simpson was unbelievably impressive and he did everything he had to do from start to finish. "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". None could do enough to catch Simpson during record scoring at the final Players Championship in May. Simpson has had ups and downs in his career and he set out to win this week.

On the 18th, he was fine with his tee shot, but his aggressive second spilled over into the water on the left.

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