At making a birdie. Heading into the day with a seven-stroke lead, surely Simpson would be all smiles all day. Maybe even at winning for the first time since returning from a fourth back surgery. On Sunday, starting the day 11 shots behind Simpson, Woods shot 32 on the front. He struck the ball cleanly, stared at intently and then watched it spin off the green.
Tiger Woods (T11): Woods crushed on the weekend after a mediocre start.
Woods shot 69 after a double-bogey at the island-green 17th and ended equal 11th on 11-under. His round could have been much closer to the 65 he shot Saturday. Not when Tiger Woods galvanized the entire TPC Sawgrass course with an adrenaline-drenched run that drew him within four shots of Simpson.
The Englishman also became only the ninth player in tournament history to card six consecutive birdies, two days after Simpson was the eighth to achieve the feat. He stirred packed galleries into a frenzy on Mother's Day while wearing his traditional red shirt.
I think I was too closed-minded and just tried to learn a lot about putting and whats important, Simpson said. Everything felt good. I had control, I was hitting it high, low, right, left, didn't matter what it was.
"What I saw this weekend makes me excited. Not to really mishit a shot today and only shoot 3-under par is just weird, because I played much better than that". It was at The Players a year ago when Clark suggested he also use a claw grip, and Simpson had been working his way back to golf he expects to play.
Freaky red card sees Ireland junior keeper dismissed in vital shootout
The remarkable exchange saw a distraught Corcoran forced to hand his goalkeeper's shirt to defender Oisin McEntee. The teams were forced to decide the match by a penalty shootout after the match had ended 1-1.
He was even on the back, which was slightly easier for everyone else. He snapped the belly putter - the one he used to win the U.S. Open at the Olympic Club - in two but has kept it in his trophy case. He gets the "well, he hasn't played well at this course recently" pass to pair with his "well, he provided us with a ton of content with those hilarious shirts" pass, but I'm intrigued by the next few months. Webb Simpson jumped from 41st to 20th in the world rankings with his victory at the Players Championship on Sunday, still far from superstar territory in a sport with room for only a handful of household names.
Woods will likely take time off now to rest and prepare for the U.S. Open, possibly playing in the Memorial May 31-June 3. Woods is now No. 80 in the world.
Former world No 1 Jason Day of Australia was in a group of five on 207 - but the tournament is Simpson's to lose.
"My dad got me started on the game", Simpson said.
Simpson had fallen on hard times when the anchoring ban forced him to switch his putting technique, but he caught fire with the short stick this week while flirting with Greg Norman's Players Championship scoring record of 24 under.
Simpson's approach to the 18th bounded across the green and into the water. He blistered his drive 354 yards to leave himself in prime position for another birdie. "I want to do it for a really, really long time, because that means I'm playing better than everybody else for an extended period of time".