Webb Simpson controls the 2018 Players Champion


'God, I hit the ball good (on Sunday).

"Just got to keep my hat down and play my own game and..."

"I wish I could repeat it more often, but honestly it was just a better start", Woods said.

"The way I was just coming back and just trying to get a feel for it and then hopefully have a schedule".

He barely made the cut line, yet Tiger Woods put on an impressive display during a front nine 32 on Sunday, briefly getting to within four of the lead and looking like he might put pressure on Simpson. 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.

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Koepka also recorded just the second albatross in tournament history, when he one-hopped his second shot into the cup on the par-five 16th.

"All those things that have happened, I'd love to know them if I win tomorrow", Simpson said. Simpson stalled with six straight pars before a first birdie of his round at the par-four seventh that took him to 20-under. The good news for him is that with that 6-under 66 in the final round, Thomas moves to No. 1 in the world, usurping Dustin Johnson's 64-week reign at the top. And with danger lurking at every corner on the Pete Dye-designed Stadium Course, that would suggest that the crystal and largest paycheck in golf-just shy of $2 million-doesn't belong to Simpson just yet.

Jason Day, among those at nine-under 207, had a four-shot lead when he won The Players two years ago. "Are you really dialed in?"

Simpson, who used an anchored putting stroke prior to the rules change, and actually snapped his old belly putter over his knee one off-season (he kept the parts, however, for posterity), putted like a fiend using an arm-lock style at TPC Sawgrass.

Simpson called Tesori "the mayor" because of his local ties, saying, "He can't get from the putting green to the range without getting stopped a few times".

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Simpson, who shot 73 Sunday and won the Players by four - even with his 72nd-hole double bogey - ranked dead last in driving distance for the week (280.5 yards) and was almost 13 yards behind the field average. So I call certain guys who maybe have struggled and have tried out different putters. However, he was still was tied for second at 14 under when he hit his drive at the short par-4 12th into the pond to the left of the green and settled for bogey, all but ending any chance he had to catch the leader.

And having emerged from last year's career-saving back fusion operation, the man himself is clearly imbued with regenerated confidence.

The reigning U.S. Open champion, who missed over three months this year with a wrist injury, had six birdies and a double-eagle on his record-matching day, which saw former world number one Jordan Spieth (74) finish tied for 41st.

But this is Simpson's show until further notice.

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