Simpson marches to four-stroke Players triumph

Players live blog final round Webb Simpson remains well in front in final round			David Cannon  Getty Images

Tiger was as close as three but had a awful final three holes he would finish 8 shots back. He struck the ball cleanly, stared at intently and then watched it spin off the green.

To most casual fans, Sunday's final round at TPC Sawgrass was little more than a coronation.

And that island green on the par-three 17th that ruined his bid for the record score at the TPC Sawgrass the previous day? Woods, however, left the course feeling better than ever about his comeback.

'The biggest thing for Webb is that he doesn't mind how many headcovers are in his bag, ' said Titleist Tour rep J.J. VanWezenbeeck.

"I played so well this weekend; unfortunately, I just didn't cash in", said Woods, who finished tied for 11th, seven shots behind eventual victor Simpson.

Webb Simpson held his nerve to claim his first victory since 2013 in the Players Championship, despite the best efforts of a chasing pack briefly spearheaded by 14-time major victor Tiger Woods. Woods has displayed patience, outwardly at least, in his quest to return to his best. "I thought about him all day", Simpson said.

"To be honest, I mean, I've never putted this well in my life, and I think if I had stayed with the belly putter, I think I maybe averaged 35th to 60th every year in putting, so very average".

He was even on the back, which was slightly easier for everyone else. It is played at one of the best layouts on tour.

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

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"If you take Webb out of the equation, the golf course is playing about like it always does", Johnson said.

"But now I'm playing tournament golf and I'm not far from winning golf tournaments". The US Open runs from June 14 to June 17, giving Woods more than a month off, unless he decides to commit to another tournament in the meantime.

While he didn't leave this seaside community with his first Tour title since 2013, he did leave with much-needed world ranking points.

Jason Day, among those at nine-under 207, had a four-shot lead when he won The Players two years ago.

"I played so well this weekend".

Here are the rest of our grades for the 2018 Players Championship.

In both cases, Woods hit a sand wedge approach, but he said he did not misplay either shot.

Woods could have made it much more suspenseful by making birdie at the hard 14th, a hole that has given him trouble in recent years. He hadn't been able to find the fairway on that hole all week, and after bombing a 354 yard drive down the fairway, it seemed his fortunes had turned. It was still hard, but I'm just really thankful to get it done. 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.

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