Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

Tiger Woods makes huge claim after thrilling weekend at The Players Championship

Tiger Woods makes huge claim after thrilling weekend at The Players Championship

"I think it's been an emotional week for my mom and sisters and my brother".

Overnight leader Simpson (68) did not let slip-up, ending at 19-under, which equalled the record for a 54-hole total.

Simpson started with an 8-foot birdie. Simpson, now holds the largest lead at seven in the history of the tournament.

"Over four years without a win, I never doubted myself but at the same time that's a long time", he said. "I'm trying to just look forward, do what I always do on a Saturday night of a golf tournament and get ready". "And that's kind of where I'm at".

Playing partner Danny Lee of New Zealand quickly cut Simpson's lead to five with birdies at the second and third. He will be in the final group. "It was still hard, but I found a way to get it done". "I don't know, where is he at?" It was around the same time as Simpson's par putt on 10th lipped out. "It's going very, very well for him".

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His win comes seven months after losing his father last November, and afterwards Simpson talked about how much it meant to win on Mother's Day.

Johnson is among six players to lose a six-shot lead in the final round, last fall in Shanghai.

Of course my wife was with me every step of the way.

One of his main goals this year - besides winning and making the Ryder Cup team - is to play in the last World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio.

"He's clearly playing some really good golf", fellow golfer Jason Day said.

"I played really good the whole weekend", Woods said during the NBC Sports' broadcast. "Don't take unnecessary risk and just kind of shoot 72 or somewhere in between 70, 72". "Are you really dialed in?"

Simpson, who is now $1.98m richer, can eye a Ryder Cup return - he represented the United States of America in 2012 and 2014 - plus the belated fulfilling of promise that was obvious when he prevailed at the US Open six years ago. "It was nice to see a few putts go in".

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. "I just didn't make it happen". When Simpson recorded another bogey, at the 10th, eyes flicked towards Woods. But a bogey on 14 followed by a double at the island green 17th ended his fabulous weekend run.

"You're not sure if it's just because it landed close but then the roars kept going so we figured it went in". However, after three-plus years without a victory on the PGA TOUR, that won't take away any of the luster from one of the biggest weeks of his career.

Simpson settled in after the three-putt and could not have been more impressive throughout.

But this is Simpson's show until further notice.

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