Tiger Woods: "I'm Not That Far Off From Winning"

If there was any disappointment Tiger Woods said it was in getting himself to eight-under through 12 but settling for a seven-under round. Tannen Maury  EPA

"I had a good morning, and I was able to get it done".

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. South African Charl Schwartzel (67) and Americans Xander Schauffele (67) and Jimmy Walker (67) tied for second on 14-under. He finished with a tap-in for double-bogey 6 on 18 after his pumped-up approach shot flew the flag and the green and found the water. It came nearly seven months after the death of his father.

"Being in that position was a lot tougher than I thought", Simpson said of his large lead. "It's been an emotional week for my mom and sisters and my brother".

It was a reasonable week for Europeans Tommy Fleetwood and Ian Poulter, who finished tied for seventh and 11th respectively, although I really don't know what to say about Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy.

Simpson earned US$1.98 million.

Golf's governing bodies outlawed the anchored stroke that Simpson had used with his belly putter since he was a teenager.

The 32-year-old also credited the support of his wife Dowd as he picked up his first trophy since winning the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in 2013. I was trying to fire at every flag. "Didn't know. But now I feel like I've got my playing feels and I'm playing tournament golf and I've got it - I'm not that far off from winning golf tournaments".

"I really played really good today; I hit it so good", he said, per ESPN's Bob Harig.

Despite carding a 73 in the final round, Simpson never had his lead truly threatened, reducing the TPC Sawgrass course and its potential for excitement to merely a curiosity on Mother's Day. There was no shortage of low scores Sunday, but those salvos were fired mostly from the rear of the pack, too distant to unnerve their target. Webb Simpson, who had not won in five years, romped home by four strokes having done the damage over the first two days, including a course record 63 on Friday that gave him a seven-stroke lead at halfway on 15 under par. A year later, the hard work paid off with one of the biggest wins of Simpson's career.

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.

"You always want to be leading going into the final round and you would think leading by seven's great but it's hard to stay motivated to continue doing what you've been doing".

"I'm very proud to have gotten there, but it means more to me how long I can hold it", Thomas said in a text message. None could do enough to catch Simpson during record scoring at the final Players Championship in May.

Woods began the day tied for eight, 11 strokes behind Simpson, before working his way through the pack, as he birdied the second, third, fourth and ninth hole.

Justin Thomas left the TPC Sawgrass as the No 1 player in the world. The season-long and weekly investors have both been rewarded for their patience as he's now rattled off nine of his last 10 weekends.

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