The Players. Webb Simpson Wins.

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Webb Simpson, USA, wins The Players, but not before carding a double bogey six at the last hole at TPC Sawgrass in Florida.

Simpson wins THE PLAYERS by four shots

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Webb carded a double bogey six at the last hole, but still won The Players comfortably by four shots, a last round +1 over par 73 giving him a -18 under total, a four shot winning margin;

“It’s been a long time. We did it,”

“It was tough, being in that position is a lot harder than I thought.”

“You always want to be leading going into the final round. You would think leading by seven is great, but it’s hard to stay motivated to continue doing what you’ve been doing.”

Three players then tied in second place at -14 under par, Jimmy Walker and Xander Schauffele, USA, both with final rounds of -5 under par 67, they were joined by Charl Schwartzel from South Africa, who also had a -5 under last round.

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The Players. Webb Extends Lead to 7 Shots.

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Webb Simpson, USA, extends The Players lead to seven shots over the field at TPC Sawgrass in Florida.

Simpson holds seven-shot lead at THE PLAYERS

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Webb carded a third round -4 under par 68 to extend his lead at the players to seven shots at The Players, with a -19 under par total, which equaled the 54 hole record for the tournament;

“I was pretty satisfied, after what happened yesterday on 17, I wanted to play a good solid hole and I did that.”

“On 18, it was a bonus to make that putt. Today was a little more survival feeling.”

“This round prepared me a good amount, today was more I’m in the lead, I’m in the last group. You have to hit shots and putts.”

“I want to approach tomorrow just like I did today. All in all, you try and repeat how you’re feeling on all four days.”

Danny Lee, New Zealand, is the nearest challenger at -12 under for the tournament, he shot -2 under 70 to claim second place.

World #1 Dustin Johnson is in third pace, albeit nine shots off the lead, Dustin carded -3 under 69 today for his -10 under par total.

For Webb not to win is unthinkable from this position.

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The Players. Webb Simpson Shoots 63 to Lead.

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Webb Simpson, USA, shoots 63 in the second round of The Players, to lead the tournament by five shots going into the weekend at TPC Sawgrass in Florida.

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Webb was heading for a 59 until reaching the 17th green, a tee shot in the water ended with him carding a double bogey five there. He settled for a -9 under 63, where putts were just rolling in from everywhere, giving him a  -15 under par total;

“It’s rare as a golfer where everything is working well: driving, iron play, chipping and putting, today everything came together.”

“Those putts were going in, they were just laughing, Tyrrell wanted me to touch his putter for him on fifteen, which I think is within the rules.”

“I didn’t know the record. I figured I was probably close, but to be honest, I cared more about having a good routine and hitting a good shot in this golf tournament than the record. The records are just bonuses to good play.”

“I’m 15 under through two days here, which is a lot lower than I ever expected it to be.”

“It’s a lot of fun to play good golf, and hopefully I can keep that up.”

Tied in second place, those five shots back at -10 under par are Charl Schwartzel, South Africa, -6 under 66 today, Patrick Cantlay, USA, -4 under 68 and Danny Lee, New Zealand, with his second round -6 under par 66.

Making the cut on the number, -1 under was Tiger Woods, he was-1 under today, joining him on that number was Jordan Spieth who had -4 under 68 today.

Missing the cut, for the second straight week was Rory McIlroy, +2 over 74 today for his second round, he was joined this week by Phil Mickelson, over par again at 73 today, and Rickie Fowler, who has a ball stuck up a tree on 6, but still carded a -1 under 71, but it was not enough to save him. Although everyone saw his ball go in the tree, and it could be seen from the ground, the ruling is he has to be able positively identify it.

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The Players. Six at the Top at -6.

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There are six players tied at the top of The Players leaderboard scoring -6 under par at TPC Sawgrass in Florida, with World number one Dustin Johnson showing why his is #1 with a bogey free opening round.

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Dustin was joined on that 66 under score by Webb Simpson, Patrick Cantlay, Chesson Hadley and Matt Kuchar, all from the USA, with the only foreigner in the group Alex Noren of Sweden.

Dustin said it was a big deal to get to #1, and he wants to stay there, a change of putter, and method helped;

“It was definitely a big deal to get there.

“And it’s a big deal to stay there, I think. Yeah, I mean, I like being No. 1, so I want to stay there.”

“I felt like at Augusta and Hilton Head I was hitting a lot of good putts that were not going in the hole.”

 “I needed to figure out something. I still feel like I read the greens really well. It’s helped with getting a definite spot to putt at, where I want the ball to start.”

“I felt like today we read ’em all really well. There were no surprises.”

There are also six players tied at -5 under par, on a very congested leaderboard, it will be interesting to see who actually makes the week-end.

Players who are struggling, Tiger Woods was at even par, but playing partner today Phil Mickelson was at +7. with third member of the group Rickie Fowler at +2.

Jordan Speith, +3;

“This is not a place to go out and try and force birdies, and I think that’s kind of where I’ve gone the last few years that’s got me in trouble.”

“The first year I played here, I almost won it, and so I just kind of assumed that it would come easy to me.”

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The Players. Si Woo Kim Wins.

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Si Woo Kim, South Korea, wins The Players at TPC Sawgrass.

Kim victorious at THE PLAYERS

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Si Woo put together a finale bogey free round of -3 under par 69,  just cruising along to claim The Players trophy at -10 under par, a three shot victory, he mentioned the 17th;

“I feel like I’m still dreaming that I won this championship.”

“I wasn’t nervous at all because I was leading, I just focused on the middle of the green.”

Ian Poulter, England,  -1 under 71 today and Louis Oosthuizen, South Africa, +1 over 73, tied for second place at -7  under for the tournament.

Poults spoke about his shank coming up the 18th, and the performance of Si Woo;

“It was a big shock to the system to hit one of those nasty shanks when I’ve hit it as good as I have all week.”

“But the fourth shot was pretty special, from one of the worst shots I’ve ever hit to one of the very best.”

“As good as he played yesterday, he’s obviously gone out there today and played even better.”

 “He’s gone clean out there today, which is extremely impressive under that pressure.”

“You have to respect some good golf, and that’s exactly what he’s done.”

Louis was also complimentary about Si Woo;

“If you’re on your game and playing well, that the things you do.”

“You just don’t give shots away. If you can do that around this golf course, you can outscore everyone.”

“And he played like someone that was doing it for five or six years, like it was just another round of golf. It just shows you how good a player he is and how cool and calm he is.”

“Never once did he look flustered at all.”

 

The Players. J.B. and Kyle Tied at the Top.

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J.B. Holmes and Kyle Stanley are tied at the top of The Players leaderboard after 54 holes at TPC Sawgrass.

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J.B. and Kyle 

J.B. went round in-2 under 70 for a -9 under par The Players total, calling it an adventurous day, making some shots from out of the woods;

“An adventurous day, for sure.”

“I usually can make a bunch of birdies, so if I can just narrow it down to one bogey, then I’m usually in good shape.”

Kyle was even par 72 on the day, and had to remind himself that he was still in contention;

“You just kind of have to remind yourself that even though you’re a little bit over par, on the leaderboard I was still in a pretty good spot.”

Louis Oosthuizen shot +1 over 73, but has third place to himself with a -8 under par total, just one shot back;

“No lead can be big enough, that’s what makes this golf course great.”

“We have seen over the years great finishes around this golf course and horrible finishes.”

“It’s a great three finishing holes, and you need to be on your game. You need to hit the ball well and try not to do anything heroic when you have the lead.”

Truth is anyone could still win this title, it will be an exciting last day as the action unfolds, the Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

Ian Poulter is at -6 under, and Sergio -5 under for the competition, maybe even Rory McIlroy at -1 under could go low early on and exert some pressure on the leaders.

Poults was not supposed to be at The Players, a last-minute phone call inviting him to participate. He was the only bogey free golfer today. What a great story that would make if he now wins it;

“It was a nice phone call to receive, I definitely feel better on the golf course for it.”

 

 

The Players. Two Tied at the Top after 36 holes

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There are two players tied at the top of The Players leaderboard after 36 holes at TPC Sawgrass. Kyle Stanley and Louis Oosthuizen share the honor.

 

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Kyle and Louis both carded -6 under par 66 in the second round of The Players, to top the leaderboard -9 under par.

Louishas never won on the U.S Tour, but has confidence his putting;

 “I’ve come close a few times, and I’ve felt I’ve played really well,”

“It’s nice being tied for the lead any tournament off two rounds.”

“I think it was more just giving myself that little bit more confidence of that I’m stroking it well and saw the line perfect and the speed perfect.”

“You know, you never know, that putt might be the one to do it for you in the championship. But I think it was more just making sure I hit a good putt and gave it a good effort.”

Kyle is going to stick to his game plan;

“You know, but it being the halfway point, you know, it’s a nice place to be.”

“It’s nice to kind of see a lot of the work kind of come together. But that being said, there’s a lot of golf left.”

“Still got to be really patient. Can’t get too far ahead of yourself. Yeah, we’ll just stick to the game plan we’ve had so far.”

J.B. Holmes is in third place, alone at -7  under par, he returned a second round of -3 under par 69 today.

Veteran V.J. Singh is in fourth place at -6 under, he scored -4 under 68 in the second round.

Notable names missing the cut here; Luke Donald, Jim Furyk,Jordan Spieth, Ernie Els, Bubba Watson and Danny Willett.