Jordan Spieth: Tiger 'certainly playing well enough' to win soon

Heather Diaz
May 16, 2018

Simpson, who won the 2012 U.S. Open using a long putter anchored to his chest, ditched that style before the USGA rule making it illegal took effect January 1, 2016.

Having not won on the PGA Tour since 2013 in Las Vegas, he'd gone through extreme depths trying to figure out his putting when, in 2016, the U.S. Golf Association eliminated the anchored stroke he'd used since his freshman year of college.

Tiger Woods believes he is "not that far off from winning golf tournaments" after a fine weekend at the Players Championship.

Woods was too far back to start the day (11 shots), he was playing with Jordan Spieth (74, T41) and not Simpson, and he would have needed to make zero mistakes the entire day.

Considering that Woods was tied for 69th after the opening round and made the cut on the number at 1-under par and was tied for 68th entering the weekend, his 65-69 finish on Saturday and Sunday can not be ignored.

After hitting his tee shot into the fairway bunker, Varner III hit his next shot to the green and got down for birdie on par-4 fifth. He thought he had turned the corner with some decent finishes in tournaments, but there weren't any wins to show for it. If not for Simpson's historic week, Woods would have been right in the heart of one of the biggest tournaments of the year.

Sunday also reshuffled the top of the world rankings. Three birdies in four holes mid-round conjured visions of an improbable charge, but a bogey at 14 ended matters for the 14-time major victor, a water ball double-bogey at 17 just the final indignity. He had no birdies in last six holes to finish at 65. He was the first in THE PLAYERS Championship history to have a five-shot lead after two rounds. Simpson saw players like Dufner, Walker, and Jason Day all go out in front of him and try to peck away at his lead. Though in championship fettle the Stadium Course still measures 7,200 yards, which is a pitch and putt for today's monster hitters unless you layer a place with booby traps.

Duval, a former world number one who was Woods' first genuine rival in the pro ranks, believes the rejuvenated American has to maintain a busy playing schedule.

Tiger Woods made a furious charge up the leaderboard Saturday
Tiger Woods, Jordan Spieth paired together in final round for first time ever at The Players Championship

On the 583-yard par-5 ninth hole, Poulter reached the green in 3 and sunk a 11-foot putt for birdie. The bogey dropped him back to 13-under, six shots back with four to play.

Simpson owned the second round, shooting a 63 to take a five-shot lead after Friday's play. His 69 and tie for 11th did not really provide a fair reflection of his efforts from Saturday onwards but Woods still needs to convince that he can win in esteemed company.

"It means everything to me", Simpson said.

In the mortals division, it was a three-way tie four strokes back among Charl Schwartzel, Jimmy Walker and Xander Schauffele.

He made birdie at the par-5 16th to get to 20-under and made a fantastic two-putt par at the 17th.

Searching for a signature win to validate his U.S. Open victory, Simpson found some magic as the 32-year-old finished 18 under overall.

Congratulations to Webb Simpson, the 2018 Players Champion.

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