With any luck, Tiger Woods can be the next Webb Simpson


Butch Harmon reflects on another impressive Tiger Woods display and discusses Webb Simpson's convincing victory at the Players Championship.

The victory was Simpson's fifth of his PGA Tour career, his first since he captured the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas in 2014, and his biggest since he won the 2012 U.S. Open. - Tiger Woods was never going to win the Players Championship on Sunday.

He had three birdies, two bogeys and the double bogey on the closing hole on his scorecard for the final round.

The 29-year-old is a real favourite of mine.

Simpson took home $1.98 million for his victory; only the U.S. Open pays more. At the lowest point in 2016 he fell to 177th on the PGA Tour in strokes gained putting.

It had been 106 starts since his last win. "To get that score, you have to do that". To me, this was the final piece of the puzzle. Had it not been for my faith, it would have been a lot harder. To me, he has still got it. He only made six bogeys on the week and that play as resulted in three top-10 finishes on the bounce. After going 6-under through his first 12 holes, Woods played the last six in 3-over.

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. Meanwhile, Cantlay finished Friday tied for second, along with Danny Lee and Schwartzel, at 10-under.

The 14-time Major victor finished T-11 at the recent Players Championship, another highly-encouraging performance on his quest to win his first event in five years.

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. It is a remarkable turnaround for the California native, who had fallen to No. 1,199 in the world before making his comeback in December after spending six months out of the game following his back surgery previous year. He also recorded just the second albatross (a two on a par 5) in tournament history.

It was interesting, though, to hear what Padraig Harrington had to say about that during his visit to Carnoustie last week and I tend to agree with the Irishman.

It will do him wonders for his confidence and is just another little step along the way to be back amongst the best players in the world, which is where he was before he got this disease.

"My wife was with me every step of the way".

"It means everything to me. You stay where you are in 60th place, or you start moving up". He also had good distance control with his irons and bounced back on the greens after putting woefully in Charlotte. "Not to really mis-hit a shot and only shoot three under par is just weird because I played much better than that. So hopefully if I keep on top of it will just slowly go away".

Duval, a former world number one who was Woods' first genuine rival in the pro ranks, believes the rejuvenated American has to maintain a busy playing schedule.

In 26 tournaments since the putting tip at last year's Players, Simpson, 32, missed just a single cut.

Steve Stricker entered to play in the AT&T Byron Nelson next week.