Tiger Woods shoots 65, his lowest score at TPC Sawgrass

Tiger Woods shoots 65, his lowest score at TPC Sawgrass

Simpson, who had dipped to 190th on the PGA Tour in putting two years ago, celebrated the one-year anniversary of going to a claw grip, with the right-hand low.

Will Simpson - who's been in cruise control all week, shooting 66-63-68 in the first three rounds to lead Danny Lee (12-under) by seven shots and a group of players including Dustin Johnson, Jason Day, Jimmy Walker and Charl Schwartzel (all 9-under) by 10 shots - keep pushing for a larger lead, or will he play prevent defense and try not to bogey?

Simpson was on the verge of smashing the course record after reeling off six straight birdies but came to grief at the island-green par-three 17th.

"I'm as good tee to green as I've been ever, this year, it's just a matter of knocking in 6 to 20 footers and starting to get closer to that". "He's clearly playing some tremendous golf and we're the best players in the world and he's making us not look so good".

Early birdies will be the key for the rest of the field as they try to put pressure on Simpson, 32.

Webb Simpson took a commanding five-shot lead heading into Saturday at the 2018 Players Championship, as he shot a remarkable 63 on Friday to move to 15 under for the tournament.

It was no surprise that Simpson, a student of history, had no interest in premature celebrations.

If there was any disappointment in his round, Woods said it was getting himself to eight-under for his round through 12 holes but then finishing at seven-under for the day.

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Although he was able to extend his lead on Day 3, Simpson wasn't flawless, with bogeys at Nos. His shot from the back bunker on the par-5 11th raced across the green and into the hole for an eagle. But Simpson likely isn't focused on records and numbers; he's focused on closing what he started.

Woods hit just 12 greens in regulation and was never inside 10 feet with his approach shots. After what happened yesterday on 17, I wanted to play a good solid hole and I did that.

Should a miracle chase down from Lee on Simpson's seven-shot lead occur, he would become the first Kiwi since Craig Perks in 2002 to win the Players Championship.

Tiger Woods and Jordan Spieth each had their best round at the TPC Sawgrass with 65s. "He's the only one that's going really low".

It was also the lowest score in Woods' 66 career trips around the Stadium course, where he won in 2001 and 2013. They are tied at that number with Englishmen Tommy Fleetwood (68) and Ian Poulter (69), Harold Varner III (70), Matt Kuchar (71) and Patrick Cantlay (74).

Asked if it can be hazardous for a player to play defensively, like an National Football League team playing prevent defense, Day said, "It can be unsafe - 100 percent. There's still a lot of golf to be played". "It's going very, very well for him". "I try not to make it feel any different".

That gauntlet now falls to the likes of Day, who was on the other side of one of those lopsided races in 2016 when he began the final round at TPC Sawgrass leading by four and cruised to a four-shot victory.

T4. Jason Dufner, Jimmy Walker, Xander Schauffele, Jason Day, Charl Schwartzel (-9): Dufner pretty easily had the best day out of anyone in this group with a 6-under 66, but it's hard to see anyone here running down Simpson from 10 back and beating Johnson by a pair. He planned to return on Sunday, when perhaps people will take notice.

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