With any luck, Tiger Woods can be the next Webb Simpson
15 May, 2018, 16:18 | Author: Laura Christensen
TPC Sawgrass belonged to champion Webb Simpson, who brilliantly controlled this prestigious tournament, but it was Woods who dominated most conversations in the aftermath.
"There's no way I would have predicted I would be at this point at the beginning of the year", Woods said. Since winning the U.S. Open in 2012 at the Olympic Club in San Francisco, Simpson hasn't finished better than 13th in a major, which came in 2016 at the PGA Championship.
"I felt very comfortable with every facet of my game today". "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.
The North Carolina native was never headed since sharing the lead on day one and then storming five shots clear of his rivals on day two in shooting a course record-equalling 63.
Playing partner Danny Lee of New Zealand quickly cut Simpson's lead to five with birdies at the second and third.
Simpson began his day at 19-under-par. If he birdied, he would have moved to -15 and just three shots behind Webb Simpson.
From making the cut on the mark Woods proceeded to light up Ponte Vedra.
Still inside the top 10, Woods misinterpretted the wind on the 17th, finding the water and ending up with a double bogey to drop back to 11-under-par for the week with a final round 69 to end up T11.
His three-under 69 left him with a share of 11th place on 11-under par. Sometimes it's just a mystery; some weeks, something happens, and I had a good solid first round and then second round was pretty special.
"I want to build on it and be in contention more in big tournaments", Simpson said. "It was just a matter of time, and this weekend was it". Meanwhile, Justin Thomas took over the world's No. 1 ranking with his 11th-place finish after carding a 66 in the fourth round.
Tiger was as close as three but had a awful final three holes he would finish 8 shots back.
He pointed to his tee shot at the 242-yard, par-3 eighth, which landed a little more than 30 feet from the hole; his second shot at the par-5 ninth, which stopped on the fringe from almost 270 yards out; and his approach shot at the par-5 11th, before landing on the putting surface and leaving him a lengthy eagle putt.
The late stumble couldn't dim his joy in the victory, his fifth on the US PGA Tour and his first since 2013.
Simpson saw players like Dufner, Walker, and Jason Day all go out in front of him and try to peck away at his lead. "It's been a tough few months for my mom, my brothers and sisters". 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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