He played only one PGA Tour event since then until returning this year.
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Tiger Woods pulled out all the stops during his 69. I watched the club pass the body through the downswing, watched him maintain his spine angle through that process.
Scott won twice in 2016 but is still without a top-10 finish in almost a year due to recent putting struggles. Although, as he said the course had been good and bad to him throughout his career. "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".
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. Four-time Major victor McIlroy is going to be one of the all-time greats but he misses cuts like anyone else, which Tiger did not do.
"I hit it so good", said Woods, glossing over a number of less-than-ideal wedge shots in the final round. However, he has won the tournament in the past.
Simpson won the Players Championship on Sunday, cruising to what turned out to be a fairly low-stress win after shooting a 63 on Friday and building a 7-stroke advantage through 54 holes. "It was a long day and it is actually probably harder work to be ahead by five or six than near the lead." said Simpson. Early in Woods round, he made four birdies looking like he was making a run at the lead. And the rest of his game came around, too.More news: Ireland Test off to dramatic start as Pakistan´s Imam injured first ball
Despite his position, Simpson said he saw room for improvement. "I dropped a couple shots but overall, I felt like we had a great game plan and we stuck to it".
And the irony is that it was Simpson who has indeed come back from oblivion, a 32-year-old who was all but lost after the brilliant start to his career, winning the Wyndham for his first title in 2011 and winning the U.S. Open a year later.
Woods played a cracking final two rounds.
Also finishing alongside Woods on 11 under was fellow American Justin Thomas, who leapfrogged Dustin Johnson to become world No. 1 for the first time. Simpson is ranked No. 20 in the Official World Golf Rankings.
However, the performance was encouraging for Woods, who was in high spirits after the event. David Lee who had a final round pairing with Webb Simpson would struggle. It was time to push, to apply one last burst of pressure on runaway leader Simpson. He stayed solid throughout the tournament and never looked like he was going to give up the lead. "He's certainly playing well enough to do so".
It was all but a given that Simpson would win after he blitzed the course over the first three days.
He pointed to his tee shot at the 242-yard, par-3 eighth, which landed a little more than 30 feet from the hole; his second shot at the par-5 ninth, which stopped on the fringe from almost 270 yards out; and his approach shot at the par-5 11th, before landing on the putting surface and leaving him a lengthy eagle putt. After almost acing the par-3 17th, he made a quadruple-bogey on the par-4 18th that included a three-putt from five feet for a 2-over 74.