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Tiger Woods shoots 65, his lowest score ever at Players

15 May 2018

Webb Simpson will take a record seven-shot lead into the final round of the Players Championship after a four-under 68 on Saturday gave him 54-hole total of 19-under 197.

Playing in the final pairing alongside eventual victor Webb Simpson, Lee went in the water twice on the back nine to lose grip on second, worth US$821,333 (NZ$1,179,126). He began the final round looking up at Webb Simpson. Had he done so, the image of a galloping Tiger Woods might have been sufficient to trigger Players Championship capitulation.

Simpson held his nerve on Sunday to win... The rest of the strongest field in golf was playing for second place in the event considered to be professional golf's "fifth major". If this is the Tiger we saw in the final two rounds then we will see him in the winner's circle in 2018 maybe a few times.

"We miss him like insane, but I really wanted to do this for my mum". "It was tough to stay in the moment". It was harder than I thought. With the U.S. Open around the corner, and the Ryder Cup on the horizon, this could just be the tip of the iceberg.

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It had been 106 starts since his last win. After the weekend, there is no doubt that Tiger is back.

Schwartzel, Walker and Schauffele, last year's Rookie of the Year, each shot 67 in the final round, but they were nothing but an afterthought. On Sunday, starting the day 11 shots behind Simpson, Woods shot 32 on the front. But at one point early on the back nine, Woods had gotten it to 14-under, in a tie for second.

The 2012 U.S. Open champion started his final round with a commanding seven-shot advantage, but it was not all plain sailing for the runaway leader at TPC Sawgrass.

He pointed to his tee shot at the 242-yard, par-3 eighth, which landed a little more than 30 feet from the hole; his second shot at the par-5 ninth, which stopped on the fringe from almost 270 yards out; and his approach shot at the par-5 11th, before landing on the putting surface and leaving him a lengthy eagle putt.

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On the famous par-3 17th, Woods came up short with his tee shot and wound up in the water, then didn't get up-and-down from the drop zone and walked off the peninsula with a double-bogey 5.

"I didn't play particularly well in the first couple days, but I turned it around this weekend and I got it rolling, " Woods said. "It was nice. I had control of it from tee to green; I made some putts; I felt good on basically every facet of the game, and it's weird; not to really mishit a shot today and only shoot 3-under par is just weird, because I played much better than that". Had a chance this weekend.

"She just wanted me to enjoy the game". Justin Thomas who has been playing well as of late became the new number one player in the world. "I just didn't make it happen".

And when quizzed after his final round at TPC Sawgrass, he highlighted playing at the WGC-Bridgestone event as a main goal, rather than winning any particular tournament.

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It was also his best score under par since 2013, though he has played only sparingly in the ensuing five years while nursing a serious back injury.

Tiger Woods shoots 65, his lowest score ever at Players