Webb Simpson wins Players championship by four strokes, Tiger Woods ends 11th


He's said it before, but this time, people were sitting up and taking notice.

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. "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".

Woods, who rocketed up the leaderboard with a seven-under 65 on Saturday, recorded a 69 on the final day.

"There's no way I would have predicted I would be at this point at the beginning of the year", Woods said.

For a moment Sunday, The Players Championship appeared up for grabs, with Tiger Woods stunningly one of those in contention. He watched certain players crawl closer and closer to him but he never let it get to him.

But Woods was in good spirits after the tournament about how his game is looking right now.

Look beyond the grand narrative, though, and Simpson was completing a career resurrection of his own. It was that mental strength that separated the 14-time major champion from the rest.

The North Carolina native also said he wished his father, Sam, who died past year after a battle with Parkinson's disease, could have witnessed an emotional fifth US Tour victory.

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"It's been a long time".

Asked to reiterate if there is any doubts in his mind that he can start winning again, Wood said: "No, no". "It's hard to put into words what this week has been like". "He is going to win tournaments, 100 per cent yes, and I think majors would be easier for him to win because they are harder for others to win", he opined. "That was where we had most of our memories". Six players were tied for the lead at 6-under after Thursday's opening round, including five American players.

Sure, Simpson was last in distance with the big stick, but he was first in driving accuracy.

Simpson has spent years in putting torment following the banning of anchored clubs. He would make his final putt and receive a butt pat from his caddy who has helped turn Simpson's career around.

The effort lifted Woods up 12 spots to 80th in the world rankings.
Pretty impressive, given that he ended last year languishing in 656th position and had slipped as low as 1,199th at one point during his absence last year. The drop also cost him approximately $600,000 in prize money, as the three players who tied for second each received $821,333, while Woods got $225,500.

It was a reasonable week for Europeans Tommy Fleetwood and Ian Poulter, who finished tied for seventh and 11th respectively, although I really don't know what to say about Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy.

Aggressive play on the closing holes cost Kiwi golfer Danny Lee second place in The Players Championship on Monday, halving his potential pay packet.

If there was any disappointment, Tiger Woods said, it was in getting himself to eight-under through 12 but settling for a seven-under round.