What time does Tiger Woods tee off at The Players on Sunday?

Lynette Rowe
May 17, 2018

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla.

Justin Thomas left the TPC Sawgrass as the No. 1 player in the world.

Playing in the final pairing alongside eventual victor Webb Simpson, Lee went in the water twice on the back nine to lose grip on second, worth US$821,333 (NZ$1,179,126).

"I've never putted this well in my life", Simpson said after cruising to a four-stroke victory in the Players with an 18-under 270 total.

He followed that up with a 69 on Sunday to end at -11 and tied-11th for the tournament. He began the final round looking up at Webb Simpson.

But, just like Saturday, Woods was unable to keep his run going on the back nine, instead stalling. A three-putt par on the par-5 2nd and a bogey on the par-3 8th were uncharacteristic of his masterful week. I was too closed minded and just tried to learn a lot about putting and what's important. "I had to pace myself and just stay in it".

Yet the short putter was doing him no favors. "Just didn't go in". If this is the Tiger we saw in the final two rounds then we will see him in the winner's circle in 2018 maybe a few times. However, he bogeyed the 14th and double-bogeyed the 17th after hitting his tee shot into the water for the first time since 2006.

For 13 holes at least, Woods was on the march once more, following up his wonderful 65 on Saturday with another spellbinding exhibition. I had to draw it from the water. The scale of reaction as Woods was in the middle of his charge only served to highlight once again what impact he has on a sport that not so long ago looked like it may have to resign itself to life without him.

"It was blowing downwind, and then, unfortunately, it switched in my face", he said. He improved his world ranking from 65th to 20th.

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A poor approach to the par-4 10th led to a bogey, and while Simpson's lead was still strong, it was down from seven shots to four. With his finish, he'll move up from his current ranking of 92nd. He would have been pushing the top 50 with a second-place finish.

US Open champion Brooks Koepka became only the second man to register an albatross at the par five 16th - the obvious highlight in a course record-equalling 63 that hinted broadly at the exciting play to come.

Many consider The Players Championship as the fifth major on tour. "This summer is - there are some big events to be played", he said, "and one of my goals is to get into Akron, one last time, before we leave there". It is moving to Memphis, Tennessee, after this year. Sometimes it's just a mystery; some weeks, something happens, and I had a good solid first round and then second round was pretty special.

"I mean, he'll win sometime soon enough", said Spieth. None could do enough to catch Simpson during a week of low scoring at the final Players Championship in May.

"I felt good on basically every facet of the game today", Woods said.

According to Woods' official website, the US Open and The National are the next two tournaments on his playing schedule. That year, he shot his highest-score as a pro, a third-round 85.

So how likely is a Woods victory in the near future?

The 28-year-old PGA Tour player from Germany, a college star at Tennessee-Chattanooga, won his fourth career Web.com Tour title after failing to get into The Players Championship. And he has some confidence.

When you pick up more than nine strokes on the field for the week in strokes gained/putting, it's easy to key in on your putter as the club that helped you win the tournament. I hit it so good.

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