Regardless of a double-bogey six on his ultimate gap, hitting his second shot within the water, Simpson dominated the sector from the second spherical on. Now with a U.S. Open and a Gamers Championship on his resume, he enters some elite firm in PGA Tour historical past.
Right here had been this week’s winners and losers:
Webb Simpson — When the PGA Tour determined to ban anchoring, a variety of professionals struggled to make putts. Simpson had used a protracted putter virtually his whole aggressive life, so the change was particularly tough for him. However he rolled in putts at an alarming fee this week, particularly throughout Spherical 2 when he tied The Gamers document with a 9-under 63.
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The previous Wake Forest star threatened to fall into irrelevancy when the anchoring ban first happened, however he now has 5 top-Eight finishes this 12 months. If Simpson can hold making putts, he has the accuracy off the tee and iron sport to as soon as once more contend in majors.
Jimmy Walker — It has been a tricky 16 months for Walker, who has been recovering from Lyme Illness. The sickness pressured Walker to endure a irritating 2017 after profitable his first main in 2016 on the PGA Championship. However he has been beginning to regain energy and now has two straight top-Four finishes after a t-2 this week at The Gamers.
Walker shot a final-round, 5-under 67 to tie Charl Schwartzel and Xander Schauffele for second, which may vault him again into Ryder Cup consideration. With top-of-the-line lengthy sport’s on Tour, Walker could possibly be an actual drive this summer time if wholesome.
Brooks Keopka, Tiger Woods, Adam Scott and Justin Thomas — All 4 tied for 11th at 11 beneath and all 4 had their very own distinctive cause to rejoice after the week. Koepka, who missed over three months this 12 months with a wrist damage, returned to type with a match record-tying 9-under 63 Sunday. He additionally recorded simply the second albatross (a two on a par 5) in match historical past.
Woods, after making the minimize on the mark, moved to inside 4 pictures of the lead on the again 9 Sunday. A messy closing stretch pushed him again, however the 42 12 months outdated now has 4 top-12 finishes this 12 months. Scott, a former champion at TPC Sawgrass, had only one top-15 end since final August, however performed regular this week, hinting higher type could possibly be on the horizon.
Thomas was the true winner of the group, surpassing Dustin Johnson because the world’s top-ranked golfer.
Phil Mickelson — Hyped as part of the “tremendous group” to start out the match, Mickelson shot an opening-round 7-over 79 after which backed it up with a 1-over 73 to overlook the minimize. Not solely did Mickelson wrestle along with his sport, he donned his new Workday shirt — a long-sleeved button down — which actually did not look proper on the golf course or within the Florida warmth.
Danny Willett — Is it even value selecting on Willett, the 434th ranked golfer getting into the week? In fact it’s, as a result of he gained the 2016 Masters to maneuver into the highest 10 on the earth rating. The Englishman’s greatest win so far got here simply two years in the past, however he is did not make the weekend in eight of his 9 worldwide begins this 12 months. A missed minimize at this week’s Gamers Championship might not have been stunning, nevertheless it’s a disgrace from a man who two years in the past appeared like a possible star.
Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler and Jordan Spieth — McIlroy and Fowler missed the minimize. As top-10 gamers on the earth, each have come up quick in massive occasions far too usually recently. Each are able to selecting up a serious championship or two this summer time, however one thing is lacking from their video games in the mean time.
Spieth made the minimize after a Four-under 68 in Spherical 2. He then shot a 7-under 65 in Spherical Three to maneuver into the highest 10, however he struggled Sunday enjoying alongside Woods. After a birdie on the par-Three 17th, Spieth completed the match with a quadruple-bogey eight. His placing woes additionally might have returned.