Woods felt like he finally pulled together all aspects of his game: His driving was impeccable, his iron play was better than it's been all week and his putting was as good as it's been all season.
No player on the PGA Tour has lost a tournament when leading by seven going into the final round.
Following last week's T55 finish there wasn't much confidence that Woods could take on a beast like TPC Sawgrass where ball-striking is premium and every part of your game is tested. Woods was seven shots back. Once it was announced last week he was going to play, the thoughts of him returning to the winners' circle started to come. He is the only player to have won The Players Championship when it was held in March (2001) and May (2013).
Although both golfers may be past their primes, a Woods-Mickelson grouping provides plenty of intrigue for golf fans.
"I tried to continue to reinforce that it's just one shot at a time". Fowler also had a disgusting first couple of days and he too would not see the weekend.
"It's been a tough few months for my mom, my brothers and sisters", Simpson said as his voice began to crack.
He ran off four birdies in five holes at the start of his round, made the turn in 30 and then added a two-putt birdie at No. 11 and a pitch to 8 feet on the short 12th.
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. Simpson saw players like Dufner, Walker, and Jason Day all go out in front of him and try to peck away at his lead.
Alas, Woods went 3-over the rest of the way for a final-round 69 (T11) that he said was another giant leap forward in his continuing comeback. But he has been starting to regain strength and now has two straight top-4 finishes after a t-2 this week at The Players.
Thomas tied for 11th at the Players Championship.
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.
And so he did, shooting a 3-under-par 69 to finish in a six-way tie for 11th place, seven shots behind victor Webb Simpson. David Lee who had a final round pairing with Webb Simpson would struggle. At that point, he had closed to within four strokes of Simpson and was tied for second at 14 under par. "He's certainly playing well enough to do so". Simpson has had ups and downs in his career and he set out to win this week. However, he bogeyed the 14th and double-bogeyed the 17th after hitting his tee shot into the water for the first time since 2006. "It's a shot I probably couldn't make but I matched his birdie", the Canadian told Reuters after shooting 68.