Annually, The Players is one of the best tournaments of the year. It is usually a shot here, a ball in the water there, a bad tee shot or a three putt that determine the winner after 72 holes. Many of times it comes down to the 71st hole and the most photographed hole in golf, the island green 17th!
This year, Sunday at TPC Sawgrass was more of a coronation for Webb Simpson. Starting the day with a 7 shot lead the biggest question that was out there was, Will Webb set the 72-hole scoring record?
The scoring record was never in jeopardy as Simpson appeared to be playing defensive with the lead and just making a lot of pars. Even with a double bogey on 18 he still won by 4 shots. That didn’t stop those behind him from making their own charge.
None of those charges were as loud as the one Tiger Woods was making around the golf course. After birdies on three, four and five, Tiger capped off his front 9 with a birdie. After narrowly missing an eagle on 11 and a birdie on 12, Tiger was within 4 shots of the lead. Then, after launching a driver on 14 he spun a sand wedge off the front of the green and made bogey. Then, he rinsed one in the water on 17 en-route to a double bogey and an 11th place finish.
At one point on Sunday afternoon there were 9 players in the top 10 who had won a major. This is the reason it is the best non-major of the year. They really should look at making it the 5th major. It is the best field of the year on what is arguably the best course they play all year. All of the golf organizations run their own majors except for the PGA Tour and it is time they have their own major.
Along with Simpson’s win today there were a couple more things that happened in the golf world. First, it is the first time in 17 years that Americans hold all 4 majors as well as The Players. Also, Justin Thomas has taken over the number one player in golf, ending Dustin Johnson’s reign.
Dads Say So, first and foremost, Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there. I would also like to say Happy Mother’s Day to my mom who drove me a countless number of times to the golf course as a child. I also want to wish my wife a Happy Mother’s Day. She puts up with my golf “problem” and life as a blogger and does an amazing job shaping the lives of our two little guys. Congratulations to Webb Simpson. A player who was negatively impacted by the anchoring ban, appears to have worked his way through the issues with changing his technique and righting the ship. Hopefully he will be consistently relevant again on the PGA Tour. Next year they will be moving The Players back to March and that means only 10 more months until we get to see 17 at Sawgrass on display again!