Tiger Once Again Makes Me Want to Watch Golf on the Weekends
- Author: Julie Sanders May 15, 2018,
May 15, 2018, 5:13
No player on the PGA Tour has lost a tournament when leading by seven going into the final round.
To most casual fans, Sunday's final round at TPC Sawgrass was little more than a coronation. - Standing in the middle of the 14th fairway with a sand wedge in his hands, Tiger Woods had a chance. Once it was announced last week he was going to play, the thoughts of him returning to the winners' circle started to come. He knows what it's like to play with big leads, to win big.
"Webb's always hit the ball so well, and he's really done that his entire career", said Haas, who has coached the Wake Forest golf team for the last 21 years. Not officially, of course, but that's all Webb Simpson required to effectively put victory beyond the reach of the world's best players.
Woods could have made it much more suspenseful by making birdie at the hard 14th, a hole that has given him trouble in recent years. The victor receives $1,890,000, which is more than Arnold Palmer made in the 734 tournaments he played in his career. A missed cut at this week's Players Championship may not have been surprising, but it's a shame from a guy who two years ago looked like a potential star. "If he can drive it well I'm never really anxious about his iron game", LaCava said, while at the same time tempering expectations. Fowler also had a awful 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.
Woods dominated the first 12 holes, during which he had eight birdies, but then the birdies dried up.
While a big lead looks like a foregone conclusion from the outside, Simpson confirmed it was a less than comfortable position for the man in the arena.
Woods was already too far back of eventual victor Webb Simpson to mount a serious title challenge, but losing two shots on No. 17 meant slipping out of a tie for fifth and into 11th.
Woods played a cracking final two rounds. Doing so at The Players Championship is an entirely other thing.
Brooks Keopka, Tiger Woods, Adam Scott and Justin Thomas - All four tied for 11th at 11 under and all four had their own unique reason to celebrate after the week.
After starting the day 11 shots behind, he cut the deficit to four shots but then, just as he did in the third round when he made his lone bogey of the round on the 14th hole, Woods ran into trouble again on the hole. David Lee who had a final round pairing with Webb Simpson would struggle.
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. "He's certainly playing well enough to do so. It was a long day and it is actually probably harder work to be ahead by five or six than near the lead." said Simpson.
"What I saw this weekend makes me excited". He was happy he won the tournament.