May 26, 2018

Tiger Woods is back to his confident self after Players Championship

15 May 2018, 04:18 | Kristopher Drake

Players Championship 2018 Tiger Woods shoots six-under 30 on front nine makes huge move up leader boardMore

Players Championship 2018 Tiger Woods shoots six-under 30 on front nine makes huge move up leader boardMore

Former US Open champion Webb Simpson finished a four-stroke, wire-to-wire triumph at the Players Championship on Sunday to end a four-year victory drought.

Simpson held his nerve on Sunday to win... "I didn't play particularly well in the first couple days, but I turned it around this weekend and I got it rolling". I 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.

"To win a major championship and a few other Tour events and then go - I guess it's over four years without a win, I never doubted myself, but at the same time, that's a long time".

Woods shot a seven-under 65 in the third round Saturday, besting his previous low score on the Stadium Course by a stroke.

Woods shot a 3-under 69 in the final round and tied for 11th at 11-under 277. After his best drive of the day - a fairway-splitting 354-yarder - he spun his sand wedge back off the green, then missed from 7 feet for par. "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".

From making the cut on the mark Woods proceeded to light up Ponte Vedra.

However he came unstuck with a birdie at the 14th and a double bogey on the iconic par-three 17th which resulted in him dropping to 11th place.

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So while the latest star in the generation he inspired ascends to No. 1, Tiger Woods can only hope to join the list of seemingly random PGA Tour winners in the coming months, fully completing a comeback where golf fans hope this week is that week. I hit it so good. "It was just a matter of time, and this weekend was it".

He moved up 12 spots in the world ranking, rising to No. 80 after the Players.

Justin Thomas left the TPC Sawgrass as the No. 1 player in the world.

Tiger was as close as three but had a bad final three holes he would finish 8 shots back.

Having holed a par putt from the fringe at the treacherous 17th he arrived at the last leading by six shots - only to find the water with his approach en route to a double-bogey six. The 32-year-old from North Carolina said his fifth PGA Tour victory was for Debbie Simpson after his father Sam Simpson died in November.

Only those with heads buried in sand, though, could deny that what we have seen from the 14-time major victor over the past few months has made that a distinct possibility, which is absolutely brilliant for the game. 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.

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