Tiger Woods: I'm not that far from winning golf tournaments

Florence Fletcher
May 16, 2018

Standing in the middle of the 14th fairway with a sand wedge in his hands, Tiger Woods had a chance.

Then he made himself a prophet starting on a tranquil morning Saturday when he ruined the quiet ambiance by making plenty of noise with birdies on eight of his first 12 holes.

At long last, Webb Simpson was a victor again.

It was a return to form, his first top 10 on tour since October.

It has been over four-and-a-half years since his last victory but Tiger Woods is hopeful of lifting another trophy soon after a superb weekend at TPC Sawgrass.

The 14-time major victor fell a few feet short of providing the first real drama Sunday on the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass.

On the famous par-3 17th, Woods came up short with his tee shot and wound up in the water, then didn't get up-and-down from the drop zone and walked off the peninsula with a double-bogey 5.

"This was the most exhausting tournament I've ever been a part of", Tesori said. He was also 11-under par for the four rounds and was among those golfers who tied for 11th.

US Open champion Brooks Koepka had earlier equalled the course record at Sawgrass thanks to just the second albatross on the 16th in tournament history.

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The 14-time major champion hit eight birdies in his first 12 holes Saturday, carding his best ever score at TPC Sawgrass, and he briefly got to within striking distance of eventual victor Webb Simpson by the 12th hole on Sunday.

However, Simpson responded with a two-putt birdie on the 11th and, after a drive of more than 350 yards on the 14th, Woods span his approach back off the front of the green and failed to get up and down.

"My dad got me started in the game", Simpson said. Everything felt good. I had control, I was hitting it high, low, right, left, didn't matter what it was.

"To be on Mother's Day. and I know how much she prays for me and pulls for me and watches every putt and screams when I make long putts and hit good shots". But a back-nine 35 showed that he's not.

Lee ended with an even par 72 to end the tournament regarded as the fifth major at 12-under.

He was even on the back, which was slightly easier for everyone else. Entering the week, The Players had all of the top 50 in the world ranking.

Playing in the final pairing alongside eventual victor Webb Simpson, Lee went in the water twice on the back nine to lose grip on second, worth US$821,333 (NZ$1,179,126).

Tiger Woods believes that he is ready to challenge for major honours again following a highly promising weekend at the Players Championship. Justin Thomas who has been playing well as of late became the new number one player in the world. It was as stress-free as massive victories like a Players Championship can possibly be. Simpson spoke about his play on the greens after the anchor ban.

Woods would stall later in the round, dropping three shots.

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