Tiger Woods: Surges on weekend into T11

His comeback is compelling from a sporting perspective but Tiger Woods resurgence is like gold dust for golf's PGA Tour

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Florida-Webb Simpson isn't aware of the records he has tied or broken at The Players Championship.

For Jordan Spieth, it ended with a kick in the teeth as he signed off with a quadruple-bogey 8.

And the irony is that it was Simpson who has indeed come back from oblivion, a 32-year-old who was all but lost after the brilliant start to his career, winning the Wyndham for his first title in 2011 and winning the U.S. Open a year later. He holed a 100-foot bunker shot for eagle. With a front pin in the bowl, he hit sand wedge and listened to thousands of fans surrounding the green cheer as the ball trickled down the slope to 3 feet for birdie. The entire 18-hole stroll was little more than a coronation for somebody who hasn't won on the PGA Tour in almost five years.

Will Tiger Woods win a tournament before the end of the year? "But I'm trying not to dwell there". "To get that score, you have to do that". I'm so frustrated, I'm over it, and he is, too, and he kind of encouraged me to really do something about it.

The next challenge was Danny Lee, whose two early birdies reduced the seven-shot lead to five. He will be in the final group. But if I stay at it, who knows? "It's going very, very well for him". 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.

Simpson settled in after the three-putt and could not have been more impressive throughout. He wound up tied for 11th at 11 under. Already Simpson runs the shaft of the putter up his left forearm.

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. Although, as he said the course had been good and bad to him throughout his career. "He's the only one that's going really low".

The next chapter in the Woods story is at the Arnold Palmer Invitational this week where he has a very real chance of adding an 80th PGA Tour victory and ninth over the Bay Hill course near Orlando
Tiger Woods Climbs Leaderboard With a 65 at the Players Championship

Scott won twice in 2016 but is still without a top-10 finish in almost a year due to recent putting struggles. He knows what it's like to play with big leads, to win big. Fowler also had a terrible first couple of days and he too would not see the weekend. "Don't take unnecessary risk and just kind of shoot 72 or somewhere in between 70, 72". "Are you really dialed in?" There are bigger things to come from him.

"I think I got within four or five of the lead at one point, and if I would have played I think the last five holes maybe in 4-, 5-under par, I might have had a chance, and just didn't do it".

On Sunday, he frequently had to make putts for pars. His round could have been much closer to the 65 he shot Saturday.

"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". That was a month before he was sidelined with three more back surgeries.

Webb Simpson has always been one of the most underrated players on the PGA TOUR.

But this is Simpson's show until further notice.




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