Webb Simpson cruises to Players Championship win despite closing double bogey

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Webb Simpson cruises to Players Championship win despite closing double bogey

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Webb Simpson cruises to Players Championship win despite closing double bogey

Webb Simpson is a winner again, breaking a five-year victory drought with a masterful performance at the Players Championship.

In the end, it was a four-shot triumph.

Catch up with what you may’ve missed in the final round below…

UPDATE No. 12 (7:04 p.m. ET): Simpson inexplicably pulls his second shot at the par-4 18th from the middle of the fairway, and the ball bounces into the water.

But yeah, he had a six-shot lead. He ended up making double bogey to cruise to a four-shot win. It’s a closing 73 for 18 under for Webb. This is his first PGA Tour win since 2013.

Tiger Woods finishes in a tie for 11th at 11 under.

UPDATE No. 11 (6:49 p.m. ET): A nice safe par from Simpson, who found the green at 17, raced his first putt 9 feet by and drained the comebacker.

He has a six-shot lead playing the 72nd hole.

UPDATE No. 10 (6:37 p.m. ET): Simpson birdies the 16th to move to 20 under. That puts him into a six-shot lead as he faces the 17th. Charl Schwartzel (5-under 67), Jimmy Walker (through 17) and Jason Dufner (through 16) are all tied for second at 14 under.

UPDATE No. 9 (5:59 p.m. ET): Simpson is still cruising.

Webber is 19 under and five ahead with four to play. He’s closing in. Jimmy Walker (through 15) and Jason Dufner (through 14) are his closest challengers at 14 under.

UPDATE No. 8 (5:24 p.m. ET): Simpson birdies No. 11 to move to 19 under, and Tiger makes a BAD bogey at No. 14. Yes, that’s a tough hole, but Tiger had 111 yards from the fairway for his second shot on that par 4.

Anyway, Tiger is now six back. Simpson has a five-shot lead over Danny Lee and Jason Dufner.

UPDATE No. 7 (5:01 p.m. ET): Simpson bogeys No. 10 to fall to 18 under. Lee stays at 14 under and Woods birdies No. 12 to also move to 14 under. That means Simpson is now just four ahead, with Tiger hot on his heels.

UPDATE No. 6 (4:41 p.m. ET): Simpson makes a 6-footer at the par-5 ninth to save par. That’s an even-par front nine to keep him 19 under. Danny Lee missed a 6-footer for birdie to move to 15 under with nine to play.

So Simpson is up five heading to the final nine. Woods nearly eagles the 11th, but he settles for a tap-in birdie and is now 13 under and T-3.

UPDATE No. 5 (4:26 p.m. ET): A bogey at the eighth for Webb, as his mid-range par effort horseshoes around the cup and out. He’s back to 19 under, and his lead is down to five again. Tiger is seven back as he plays the par-5 11th.

UPDATE No. 4 (4:09 p.m. ET): Simpson buries a 32-footer for birdie at the par-4 seventh. That’s huge! He’s now to 20 under and his lead is back up to six.

Jason Day holes a greenside bunker shot for eagle at the par-5 ninth, and he’s seven back and T-3 at 13 under.

UPDATE No. 3 (3:41 p.m. ET): Simpson doesn’t have his best stuff so far today, but he’s hanging in there.

Four pars to start for Simpson. But Danny Lee birdies Nos. 2 and 3 to move to 14 under. He’s now within five. Webb is still sitting pretty at 19 under, but he can’t totally relax.

Meanwhile, Tiger Woods is tied for third at 11 under as he finishes his front nine.

UPDATE No. 2 (3:12 p.m. ET): A lot would still need to happen, but a bit of intrigue here…

Webb Simpson three-putts the par-5 second for a disappointing par. He’s still 19 under. Danny Lee birdies to move within six. Tiger Woods has gone birdie-birdie-birdie and is now within eight.

UPDATE No. 1 (2:35 p.m. ET): The final group will be off soon. So far, low rounds have been out there. Brooks Koepka led that charge with a 9-under 63 that included an albatross! More on that below. He’s now T-3 at 11 under.

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