The Players. Webb Simpson Wins.

White Dragon GolfTHE PLAYERS Championship

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.

The Players

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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.

World #1 Dustin Johnson / getty

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 Honda Classic. Luke List Leads Alone.

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Luke List leads The Honda Classic alone heading into the final round tomorrow, seeking his first PGA Tour victory, at PGA National in Florida.

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Luke had a -4 under 66 third round to lead The Honda Classic by one shot at -7 under par;

“I was happy the way I handled myself today, because I’ve had some rounds where I’ve had the lead or share of the lead going into Saturday and haven’t performed the way I’d like to.”

“I was happy with that and it’s another learning experience going into Sunday.”

“I’ll be nervous and there will be a lot of pressure, but that’s part of why we do it out here.”

“I know I’ll be an underdog going against Justin Thomas and guys like that, which is fine.”

“It’s kind of nice having Tiger in the field now because he takes all the attention off everybody else, so you can just kind of go out and do your own thing.”

Justin Thomas, -5 under 65, and Webb Simpson, -4 under 66, share second place at -6 under par.

Justin was happy to have survived the Bear Trap without any damage;

“To play the Bear trap in two under was stealing, I felt like.”

“Half of my wins, or a decent amount of my wins, have been on easier golf courses, so it would be cool to get it done at a place like this.”

Tied in fourth spot are Tommy Fleetwood, England, -3 under 67 today, and Jamie Lovemark, -2 under 68, both players at -5 under for the tournament.

Tiger is seven shots off the lead, even par 70 today, but still insists he can win;

 “I’ve got a shot going into tomorrow.” 

“You never know what can happen the last few holes here.”

“A lot of things can happen and have happened in the past.

Rory McIlroy is in full reverse, +3 over 73 in his third round, leaving him at +7 over for the tournament T63, and has yet to break par in this competition.

Honda Classic

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Honda Classic. Two Players at the Top

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Two Players are tied at the top of The Honda Classic leaderboard after round 1 at PGA National Golf Club in Florida. Alex Noren, Sweden and Webb Simpson, USA, have a one shot advantage over the field.

The Honda Classic

Webb Simpson / getty

Webb reckons this is one of the toughest golf courses;

”When you stand on certain tee boxes or certain approach shots, you remember that, man, this is one of the hardest courses we play all year, including majors.”

Alex came to the USA to gain some experience, and it’s working;

“I came over here to try to play some more American-style courses, get firmer greens, more rough, and to improve my driving and improve my long game.”

”So it’s been great.”

Five players are tied in third place at -3 under par, Morgan Hoffman, Justin Thomas and Daniel Berger, USA, with Louis Oosthuizen, South Africa and Mackenzie Hughes from Canada, all had opening rounds of 67.

Justin summed up his day;

“Some of those holes, you’re just kind of holding on for dear life” 

A lot of players, including Tiger Woods, even par 70 today and Rory McIlroy, +2 over 72 have been critical at the state of the greens on the Champion Course;

Rory spoke about the crusty greens;

“They looked more like Sunday greens than Thursday.”

“They are pretty crusty. They are going to have a job keeping a couple of them alive.”

Tiger commented;

“It’s going to get more difficult because these greens are not the best.”

“Some of these putts are a bit bouncy, there’s no root structure.”

“You hit shots and you see this big puff of sand on the greens, so that shows you there’s not a lot of root structure.”

But apparently Brad Nelson, PGA National’s director of agronomy is happy with the greens, where on the first day of play only 20 golfers broke par;

“Our goal is to be really, really firm, and we feel like we are in a good place for where we want them to be going into the weekend.”

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TOUR Championship. Three Tied at the Top.

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There are three players tied at the top of the TOUR Championship leaderboard after 36 holes; Justin Thomas, Webb Simpson and Paul Casey are the stars at East Lake.

TOUR Championship

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Justin, USA,  carded an Eagle at the par five 18th for a second round -4 under 66 at the Tour Championship to tie the lead at -7 under par with Webb Simpson,USA, -3 under 67, and Paul Casey of England, who signed for a second round -4 under 66.

Justin commented that he did not make any putts today, makes you wonder how far in front he would have been if he had putted well;

“I really haven’t made anything.”

Paul has not won on the PGA Tour since 2009, but said it would be cool to win here;

“It would cap off a very good season to make a very good season a great season.”

“It would be a lot of satisfaction in that.”  

“It’s amazing how this golf course just bunches and you can’t seem to get away, guys are right there sort of biting at your heels, so it’s going to be a tough one.”

“The honor of winning around here at East Lake and the history here, I think that would be the coolest thing.”

Four players are one shot back at -6 under par; Justin Rose, England, -4 under 66 today, Gary Woodland, -3 under 67 and Patrick Reed, who had the low round of the day, -5 under 65, both players from the USA, and they are joined by Jon Rahm, Spain, who carded a second round -3 under 67.

Rosie is coming right at the right time;

“I think there’s always a lag effect to the things you work on and when they show up, so it was just kind of fortunate timing for it to begin in the Playoffs.” 

“It feels a little bit similar to the beginning part of the year where I was playing nicely going into Augusta and trying to time that peak.”

“It would be nice if I could figure that out this weekend, time it pretty close.”

Jon is only here for the title;

“I don’t play for the money. I’m not playing because I want to be a millionaire. I’m playing because I want to be the best golfer I can be.” 

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