Tiger Woods is back to his confident self after Players Championship

Tiger Woods is back to his confident self after Players Championship

Woods has also committed to play in the Open Championship at Carnoustie from July 19 to 22.

At that juncture, there were about 12 players left on the golf course.

While a double bogey on the 17th hole overshadowed his final round somewhat, Tiger Woods still took plenty of positives away from finishing tied for 11th at the 2018 Players Championship.

Rejuvenated Webb Simpson deserves all the plaudits and headlines he is receiving after holding his nerve to post a dominant victory at The Players Championship on Sunday. Woods has won five times but hasn't played since 2015.

Only when he had the crystal trophy did he start to crack.

And he thought about his mother at home in North Carolina, her first Mother's Day since Simpson's father died in November.

"I think I messed him up", Spieth said. Some of the lesser lights are already out on course, but it will be a while until the big names get their quest for glory under way.

There was never any doubt.

Simpson held his nerve on Sunday to win...

No player in PGA Tour history has ever lost a seven shot lead with a round to play, and Simpson did a fine job in making sure he didn't become the first.

After the final round, Woods revealed he would like to qualify for the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in August but he would have to either win a tournament or be ranked among the top 50 in the world to qualify. "He's certainly playing well enough to do so".

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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 tough. I tried to just stay busy in the morning, reinforce that it was just one shot at a time - you have a tendency to want to fast forward and get it done". Johnson had been No. 1 in the world for 15 straight months, but he posted a 72 on Sunday to drop into a tie for 17th, which cost him the top spot in the rankings.

I think his faith had a lot to do with him getting through his down times and boy did he play beautifully this week. Heading in to the final day with a seven-shot cushion, Simpson's one-over 73 saw him complete a dominant victory at TPC Sawgrass over his nearest challengers.

Simpson won by four shots, with South African Charl Schwartzel, Jimmy Walker and Xander Schauffele sharing second place at 14-under.

Woods had 110 yards to the pin, he belted a 60 degree wedge, only to see the ball spin back off the front of the green. Both Jordan Spieth and Tiger Woods shot 65 in third round to capture the imagination and interest of the crowds at TPC Sawgrass, although both found themselves still 11 shots out of the lead. "He's the only one that's going really low". But he rolled in putts at an alarming rate this week, especially during Round 2 when he tied The Players record with a 9-under 63.

And there 1,754 birdies for the week, breaking by 136 the record from 1996.

No one has ever overcome such a deficit to win on the PGA Tour. In the intervening years Simpson has toiled, partly on account of the ban on an anchored putting stroke which he used to great effect.

It's worth noting that Lee is at 204, a score that would have led the Players in all but three of the years since it moved to May in 2007. To me, he has still got it.

The low point was 2016 at the start of the FedEx Cup playoffs, when he started to get short with his caddie, and they sat in the auto in the parking lot at Bethpage Black talking about how to move forward.

He recalls the moment in the vehicle park at the Northern Trust Open two years ago when after missing another cut, an honest debrief with caddie Paul Tesori led to his putting epiphany. He wound up tied for 11th at 11 under. Woods says he's just been trying to get a feel for golf again.

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