Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

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Tiger Woods may have finished a distant seven strokes behind The Players champion Webb Simpson, but the former world number one believes a first win since 2013 and 80th PGA Tour title is now just around the corner. He would make his final putt and receive a butt pat from his caddy who has helped turn Simpson's career around.

"He'll win sometime soon enough", said Spieth, who tied for 41st after a final-round 74 that included an 8 at the last hole. He watched certain players crawl closer and closer to him but he never let it get to him. And could Ian Poulter, who saved his career with a second-place finish here 12 months ago, produce yet another career-defining round of golf? "I got it down to four and figured I had to make a few more birdies", Woods said.

"There's no way I would have predicted I would be at this point at the beginning of the year, the way I was just coming back and just trying to get a feel for it and then hopefully having a full schedule. I'm not that far off from winning golf tournaments".

Regardless of todays result not being a tournament win, the excitement is certainly back for me when it comes to the buzz of golf when Tiger is on the course.

Simpson had fallen on hard times when the anchoring ban forced him to switch his putting technique, but he caught fire with the short stick this week while flirting with Greg Norman's Players Championship scoring record of 24 under.

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A double-bogey at the final hole was just a blip for the 32-year-old Simpson, who signed for a final-round 73 and an 18-under par total of 270 at TPC Sawgrass.

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"There are some big events to be played and one of my goals is to get into Akron one last time before we leave there", he said. Mickelson actually putted well, but every other part of his game was atrocious.

The fairytale storyline was to come to an abrupt ending, a outcome both of Simpson's unwillingness to reverse and Woods' own failings.

The power and fitness are there for all to see; on Sunday he fired an imperious tee shot 354 yards on the treacherous 14th at Sawgrass. It was time to push, to apply one last burst of pressure on runaway leader Simpson.

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Lagergren holed a 30-footer for his opening birdie, with Lorenzo-Vera taking advantage of a lovely approach to six feet before giving the shot straight back on the next. He couldn't get up and down and the bogey eliminated any chance he might have had.

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If there was any disappointment, Woods said, it was in getting himself to eight-under through 12 but settling for a seven-under round. Nearly contending isn't in the same galaxy as Tiger's expectations. He was in range of the course record that eluded Simpson last Saturday. On the Sunday, he covered the same stretch in six under.

Duval told Golf Channel viewers in the United States: "We've all questioned what is the top for him in this comeback?"

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