Leading by 7 shots with one round to play, it was always a safe bet to back Webb Simpson in for The Players Championship trophy. Still, this is golf, and stranger things have happened, thankfully for Simpson, he held his nerve as he shot a respectable one-over the card 73 in his final round to seal the deal by 4 shots over Charl Schwartzel, Jimmy Walker and Xander Schauffele. Simpson even made a double-bogey on the final hole of the day!
However, despite such a dominating performance all week, including a course record (that featured a double-bogey on the infamous island-green 17th), when asked about his final round cruise to victory he responded: “harder than I thought.” What can we take from this? That golf is challenging for all of us, no matter the lead or the tournament your’e playing in. This is what makes the game so exhilarating, and always invites us back for more.
In Simpson’s previous 107 starts, he had not posted a single win on Tour, so this title must have felt extremely satisfying. Many thought the 32-year-old may never achieve the same success that he did when he won the U.S. Open in 2012, given the ban of anchor putters had a dramatic effect on his game. But alas, we now have our 2018 Players Champion.
The highlight despite Simpson winning however, came from Brooks Koepka who actually shot the course record of 63 in his final round to boost himself right up the leader-board into a tie for 11th at 11-under. This stunning round also featured a rare and unique score, an albatross.
Meanwhile, Jordan Spieth made a quadruple-bogey down 18 to finish his Players chase.
Golf is hard.